Black Picket Fences: Privilege and Peril among the Black Middle Class

Black Picket Fences: Privilege and Peril among the Black Middle Class Review

Black Picket Fences is a stark, moving, and candid look at a section of America that is too often ignored by both scholars and the media: the black middle class. The result of living for three years in "Groveland," a black middle-class neighborhood on Chicago's South Side, sociologist Mary Pattillo-McCoy has written a book that explores both the advantages and the boundaries that exist for members of the black middle class. Despite arguments that race no longer matters, Pattillo-McCoy shows a different reality, one where black and white middle classes remain separate and unequal.

Title:Black Picket Fences: Privilege and Peril among the Black Middle Class
Edition Language:English

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    Black Picket Fences: Privilege and Peril among the Black Middle Class Reviews

  • Gloria

    Pattillo is one of the favorite authors of our instructors. We have read from her works several times. She grew up middle class and wanted to answer the question why did she finish school and become a...

  • Brady Dale

    From a roundup review I did at the end of 2013 on NextCity.What I wrote about this book:Black Picket Fences is a reissue. Pattillo completed her research for the first volume in 1999, and recently rev...

  • Anthony

    After moving to East Harlem and becoming surrounded by a decidedly different demographic than the Morningside Heights population, I wanted to find a book that would offer a modern appraisal of urban p...

  • Abby Suzanne

    Black Picket Fences by Mary Pattillo is a sociological classic. There's no real critiquing or reviewing this one; it has quickly become an essential read and has been incorporated into and referenced ...

  • Art

    A good book to read if you want to better understand working / middle class African American culture. Written with a deep understanding and love for the community she documents, Pattillo's work is tho...

  • Leslie

    This is an eye-opening account of a middle class, black neighborhood in suburban Chicago. Shows how the black middle class is closely tied with the lower class, moreso than in the white community. I e...

  • Michelle Farley

    Although I enjoyed this book, it seems a little dated now. I'd love to see an updated study of the same area of Chicago. ...

  • Jillian

    Very interesting study on the black middle class....

  • Nakia

    I read this in college. I think I want to read it again. Gotta see if I ever sold it back or if it's on my bookshelf somewhere....