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Crossing the racial divide : close friendships between Black and White Americans /
Kathleen Odell Korgen.
imprint
Westport, CT : Praeger, 2002
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xv, 129 p. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
027597281X (alk. paper)
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imprint
Westport, CT : Praeger, 2002
isbn
027597281X (alk. paper)
catalogue key
4768706
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [117]-125) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Kathleen Odell Korgen is Assistant Professor of Sociology at William Patterson University in Wayne, New Jersey
Reviews
Review Quotes
"Through interview excerpts and penetrating analysis, Korgen offers--in an engaging, highly readable style--an enthralling insight into the dynamics of cross-racial friendships, institutional impediments to such relationships, and the need to break down these institutional barriers." - Vincent N. Parrillo author of Strangers to These Shores and Diversity in America
"A fascinating examination of cross-racial friendships, the obstacles they face, the strategies that help them succeed, and what they have to tell us about the state of the racial divide in contemporary U.S. society." - Paula Rothenberg editor, Race, Class and Gender in the United States
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Summaries
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How do close friendships between blacks and whites develop? Why are cross-racial friendships so rare? How do these friendships navigate the issue of race? Crossing the Racial Divide answers these questions through a lively discussion of the problems and issues and through the voices of members of cross-racial friendships. In interviews in cities and towns across the United States, from New York to Los Angeles, and from Madison to Dallas, members of 40 black and white pairs of friends reflect on how they became friends, how racial issues are addressed, and how their friendships have influenced their views and, in some cases, their actions. Utilizing a sociological framework to examine the friendships, Korgen offers readers a rare glimpse into an even rarer phenomenon and sheds light on important aspects of race relations in America. Challenging both the traditional notion that blacks and whites are "opposites" and the increasingly popular notion of "colorblindness," the author reveals that, while close black/white friendships follow the concept of "homophily," we cannot just wish away the tensions and disparities that exist between most white and black Americans. Cross-racial friendships provide a unique perspective that makes racism and racial separation both more visible and more vulnerable. Put into sociological context, the stories revealed in this book make evident the institutional barriers existing between most black and white Americans and offer insight into the means to dismantle them.
Unpaid Annotation
In interviews in cities and towns across the United States, from New York to Los Angeles, and from Madison to Dallas, members of 40 black and white pairs of friends reflect on how they became friends, how racial issues are addressed, and how their friendships have influenced their views and, in some cases, their actions. Utilizing a sociological framework to examine the friendships, Korgen offers readers a rare glimpse into an even rarer phenomenon and sheds light on important aspects of race relations in America.
Long Description
In interviews in cities and towns across the United States, from New York to Los Angeles, and from Madison to Dallas, members of 40 black and white pairs of friends reflect on how they became friends, how racial issues are addressed, and how their friendships have influenced their views and, in some cases, their actions. Utilizing a sociological framework to examine the friendships, Korgen offers readers a rare glimpse into an even rarer phenomenon and sheds light on important aspects of race relations in America. How do close friendships between blacks and whites develop? Why are cross-racial friendships so rare? How do these friendships navigate the issue of race? Crossing the Racial Divide answers these questions through a lively discussion of the problems and issues and through the voices of members of cross-racial friendships. In interviews in cities and towns across the United States, from New York to Los Angeles, and from Madison to Dallas, members of 40 black and white pairs of friends reflect on how they became friends, how racial issues are addressed, and how their friendships have influenced their views and, in some cases, their actions. Utilizing a sociological framework to examine the friendships, Korgen offers readers a rare glimpse into an even rarer phenomenon and sheds light on important aspects of race relations in America. Challenging both the traditional notion that blacks and whites are opposites and the increasingly popular notion of colorblindness, the author reveals that, while close black/white friendships follow the concept of homophily, we cannot just wish away the tensions and disparities that exist between most white and black Americans. Cross-racial friendships provide a unique perspective that makes racism and racial separation both more visible and more vulnerable. Put into sociological context, the stories revealed in this book make evident the institutional barriers existing between most black and white Americans and offer insight into the means to dismantle them.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Are Blacks and Whites "Opposites"?p. 1
Becoming Friends and Facing Flakp. 15
The Elephant in the Living Roomp. 33
Distancing Racism from the Friendshipp. 49
New Perspectives on Racep. 65
Bridging the Institutionalized Racial Dividep. 83
Conclusionp. 103
Demographics of Intervieweesp. 107
Notes on Methodologyp. 111
Notes on the Authorp. 115
Bibliographyp. 117
Indexp. 127
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