Conclusion: Undoing Harlemworld

in Harlemworld

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780226389981
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226390000 | DOI:
Conclusion: Undoing Harlemworld

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Social scientists analyzing poverty almost exclusively draw on behavioral disparities to define and describe America's poor. Behavioral models of difference show how and why race and class are mutually constitutive social facts. People theorize race in similarly behavioral ways; that is, race, like class, is said to be expressed through behavioral differences that are loaded down with racialized significances. Raced behaviors constrain and structure the conceptual possibilities that people bring to bear on their sense of themselves and their social identities. Race and class are also done to people in the form of racism and class-based exploitation—with gender, sexuality, and ethnicity always operative in parallel ways. Some scholars argue for the end of race as a meaningful and affect-laden social category, while others take various places along a continuum of deconstructionist notions of race, many stopping far short of its complete disavowal. These theories of race are often difficult to graft onto people's everyday social relations.

Keywords: social scientists; racism; social relations; gender; behavioral differences

Chapter.  3866 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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