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Talented Tenth or Black Bourgeoisie: Contemporary Black Educational Elites

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Research on blacks in the United States has most often focused on the urban and poor, investigating black life through the lens of structural inequality and exploring the ways blacks adapt to it. Scholars acknowledge the existence of a group of more advantaged blacks and its desertion of the black masses, yet it has garnered relatively little empirical attention. To best understand the ways in which mobility trajectories are impacted by race (both constrained and enabled), I use the cultural practices and narratives black educational elites construct to explain their life choices to shed light on the their social, political, and economic alignments and the roles they play in the social worlds they occupy.
By focusing on the social and political realities of black elites, I am able to highlight the multi-positionality of this status, how elite status is refracted through the lens of racial identity, and the ways in which both privilege and disadvantage operate within it. My data suggest that, contrary to the assertions of previous studies, achieving and maintaining elite status is not a totalizing process and does not necessitate discarding one’s racial identity, cultural norms and practices. What it seems to do is provide a different set of tools through which to re-imagine and rethink blackness vis-à-vis one’s economic and social status. Divergent ideals, values, beliefs and policy positions abound among the black elite, but they are all equally aligned with black cultural values and political interests by the individuals that hold them.

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Johnson, Nina. "Talented Tenth or Black Bourgeoisie: Contemporary Black Educational Elites" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Hilton Atlanta and Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atlanta, GA, Aug 13, 2010 <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p408022_index.html>

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Johnson, N. A. , 2010-08-13 "Talented Tenth or Black Bourgeoisie: Contemporary Black Educational Elites" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Hilton Atlanta and Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atlanta, GA Online <PDF>. 2014-11-27 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p408022_index.html

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Abstract: Research on blacks in the United States has most often focused on the urban and poor, investigating black life through the lens of structural inequality and exploring the ways blacks adapt to it. Scholars acknowledge the existence of a group of more advantaged blacks and its desertion of the black masses, yet it has garnered relatively little empirical attention. To best understand the ways in which mobility trajectories are impacted by race (both constrained and enabled), I use the cultural practices and narratives black educational elites construct to explain their life choices to shed light on the their social, political, and economic alignments and the roles they play in the social worlds they occupy.
By focusing on the social and political realities of black elites, I am able to highlight the multi-positionality of this status, how elite status is refracted through the lens of racial identity, and the ways in which both privilege and disadvantage operate within it. My data suggest that, contrary to the assertions of previous studies, achieving and maintaining elite status is not a totalizing process and does not necessitate discarding one’s racial identity, cultural norms and practices. What it seems to do is provide a different set of tools through which to re-imagine and rethink blackness vis-à-vis one’s economic and social status. Divergent ideals, values, beliefs and policy positions abound among the black elite, but they are all equally aligned with black cultural values and political interests by the individuals that hold them.


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