Whispers on the Color Line: Rumor and Race in America

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Mai 2004



Using rumor as a lens through which to assess how Americans talk and feel about race, the authors analyze many widespread, commonly known rumors and urban legends that deal with racial topics to reflect the profound unease that blacks and whites often feel towards each other.


Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Rumor in the Life of America: Riots and Race 2. How Rumor Works 3. Mercantile Rumor in Black and White 4. The Enemy in Washington 5. The Wages of Sin: Stories of Sex and Immorality 6. On the Road Again: Rumors of Crime and Confrontation 7. Cries and Whispers: Race and False Accusations 8. Coming Clean Notes Index


Gary Alan Fine is Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University. Among his books are Kitchens: The Culture of Restaurant Work (California, 1994), Difficult Reputations (2000), and Manufacturing Tales: Sex and Money in Contemporary Legends (1992). Patricia A. Turner is Vice-Provost of Undergraduate Studies and Professor of African American and African Studies at the University of California, Davis. She is the author of I Heard It Through the Grapevine: Rumor in African American Culture (California, 1993) and Ceramic Uncles and Celluloid Mammies: Black Images and Their Influence on Culture (1994).


"This provocative work excels at challenging readers to think about and hopefully better understand people on the other side of the color line. This is a must-read for students and teachers with a scholarly interest in race relations. Even for casual readers, "Whispers supplies a starting point for discussion."--"School Library Journal
EAN: 9780520228559
ISBN: 0520228553
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Mai 2004
Seitenanzahl: 260 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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