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The new Black middle class /
Bart Landry.
Berkeley : University of California Press, c1987.
xi, 250 p. : ill.
0520059425 (alk. paper)
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Berkeley : University of California Press, c1987.
0520059425 (alk. paper)
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
Bibliography: p. 235-246.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Bart Landry is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 1987-06-15:
Since its publication in the 1950s, E. Franklin Frazier's The Black Bourgeoisie has been the standard work on the black middle class. Landry's book on blacks in middle-class America both supplements and supercedes Frazier's work. Utilizing data he compiled in 1976 as well as 1970 and 1980 census statistics, Landry (Sociology, Univ. of Maryland) documents what he labels the ``new'' black middle class and concludes its future faces uncertain growth. He emphasizes the widening economic gap between the white and black middle class. Still, he is hopeful. Although he depends heavily on data now a decade old, he also synthesizes much of the secondary literature since Frazier. Only time and extensive scholarly appraisal will tell how this compares with Frazier's work, but it deserves serious attention. Highly recommended. Boyd Childress, Auburn Univ. Lib., Ala. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 1987-10:
Landry combines the results of a 1976 survey of middle-class blacks with historical data from public sources to describe the emergence and life-style of a new black middle class. The national prosperity of the 1960s, in concert with the Civil Rights Movement, provided the socioeconomic setting for growth in both the range and sheer number of occupational opportunities for the constituents of this new class. According to Landry, the great strides of blacks during the 1960s and 1970s were halted during the early 1980s, and the racial gap in earnings, wealth, and consumption/life-style indicators for middle-class Americans has grown. Landry's work is the most recent in a series of books and articles on race, occupations, and public policy. Although he challenges many of William Julius Wilson's positions as indicated in his The Declining Significance of Race (2nd ed., 1980), Landry does not address the highly contentious and influential views of George Gilder (e.g., Wealth and Poverty, CH, Apr '81) and Charles Murray (e.g., Losing Ground, CH, Feb '85). The book is well written and is most appropriate for collections in social class and race relations. Recommended for upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty.-K.B. Smith, Lamar University
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Long Description
In this important new book, Bart Landry contributes significantly to the study of black American life and its social stratification and to the study of American middle class life in general.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
Introduction: Middle-Class Blacks and the American Dreamp. 1
The Old Black Middle Class: Dilemma of Race in a Class Societyp. 18
The New Black Middle Class: Has Race Been Eclipsed?p. 67
Moving On Up: At Last a Piece of the Piep. 94
How Big a Piece?p. 116
Life in the Middle: In Pursuit of the American Dreamp. 133
Consumption: Where, What, and How Muchp. 158
Life Style: And the Living Is Easy, or Is It?p. 176
The New Black Middle Class in the 1980s: Checking Its Vital Signsp. 193
Notesp. 235
Indexp. 247
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