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Constructing and using Black cultural capital
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This chapter looks at Black middle-class consumption of ‘Black cultural capital’ – forms of dominant cultural capital mediated in a way that promotes ethnoracial affinity and resistance. I argue that participants often decode certain cultural forms as ‘Black cultural capital’ when they fulfil a politics of representation, both challenging the Whiteness of the art world and controlling images of Blackness more generally. Such participants often construe themselves as having the most symbolic mastery over these cultural forms by virtue of being racialised as Black. However, those towards strategic assimilation attempt to use Black cultural capital to foster inter-racial solidarity, while those towards the ethnoracial autonomous identity mode prefer to keep Black cultural spaces ethnoracially closed.

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Black middle class Britannia

Identities, repertoires, cultural consumption


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