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Cultural Representations of Race, Ethnicity, and Authenticity Professor Catherine Lee Sociology 108 Week 13
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Agenda • What is authenticity? • What is a “desi”? • What is Bhangra? • Racialized politics of “cool” • Reflexive uses of the “black other” • Maira - Indian American youth – Reflexive strategy – Types of alienation • Warikoo - How does gender shape racial identity and authenticity?
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Authenticity • The degree to which a person is true to their personality, spirit, or character despite varying pressures or influences – Expectations – Performance
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Racialized Politics of “Cool” • Appropriation of black style - different meanings for youth, depending on racial and class locations • “Paradox of cool” - appropriation and emulation of black style (music, dress) while maintaining sense of superior status
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John Russell - 2 reflexive uses of the “Black Other” 1. Accept “racial status quo” -
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Unformatted text preview: compensate for inferior status by asserting superiority 2. Reject racial status quo - assert solidarity with other nonwhites Youth, Alienation, and Appropriation of African American music Two types of alienation 1. Structural alienation - felt by youth who are politically or economically disenfranchised or critical of status quo 2. Social-psychological alienation - adolescent rebellion against parents and generational differences Long history of appropriation of black music by non-African Americans - part of reinvention of ethnic identity Segmented Assimilation Theory 3 Pathways 1. Do well & assimilate into white middle class 2. Experience downward assimilation into urban African American ghetto life & culture 3. Live in ethnic enclaves do well while retaining ties to ethnic culture & community...
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This note was uploaded on 02/22/2012 for the course SOC 108 taught by Professor Stawter during the Fall '10 term at Rutgers.

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