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Introduction – Taking off the colourblind goggles
Crafting a study on Britain’s Black middle class
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This chapter outlines the book’s aims to analyse how racism and anti-racism influence Black middle-class cultural consumption. It begins by summarising the colour-blind literature on the middle class, which I argue limits our overall understanding of how middle-class identity and culture are racialised. I then review the literature on the White and Black middle classes, before positioning the book in relation to these streams of research. The triangle of Black middle-class identity is then sketched out, where I argue there are three Black middle class identity modes – strategic assimilation, ethnoracial autonomous, and class-minded – each showing a different relationship between racism, anti-racism, and cultural consumption.

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Black middle class Britannia

Identities, repertoires, cultural consumption


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