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The Cosby cohort : blessings and burdens of growing up Black middle class

Author: Cherise A Harris
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, ©2013.
Series: Perspectives on a multiracial America series.
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"The Cosby Cohort examines the childhood experiences of second generation middle class Blacks who grew up in mostly White spaces during the 1980s and 1990s. This probing book explores their journey to upward mobility including the discrimination they faced in White neighborhoods and schools, the extraordinary pressures placed upon them to achieve, the racial lessons imparted to them by their parents, their tenuous  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Cherise A Harris
ISBN: 9781442217652 1442217650 9781442217676 1442217677
OCLC Number: 814706912
Description: xxvi, 241 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Genesis of the Cosby cohort: 1980s-1990s --
Training for the race: the Cosby cohort and the black middle-class culture of mobility --
Race lessons: that the Cosby cohort really learned about blacks and blackness --
Cast out of the race: the reality of childhood intraracial rejection --
Losing the race?: attachment, ambivalence, and retreat --
Passing the baton.
Series Title: Perspectives on a multiracial America series.
Responsibility: Cherise A. Harris.

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"The Cosby Cohort examines the childhood experiences of second generation middle class Blacks who grew up in mostly White spaces during the 1980s and 1990s. This probing book explores their journey to upward mobility including the discrimination they faced in White neighborhoods and schools, the extraordinary pressures placed upon them to achieve, the racial lessons imparted to them by their parents, their tenuous relationships with Black children of other classes, and the impact that all of these experiences had on their adult racial identities. At young ages, this generation of middle class Blacks, whom Harris coins as the Cosby Cohort, was faced with racial displacement, frustration, and the ever-present pressure to emerge victorious against the pull of downward mobility. Even in adulthood, they continue to negotiate the tensions between upward mobility and maintaining ties to the larger Black community and culture. While these young Blacks may have grown up watching The Cosby Show, as the book reveals, their stories indicate a much more complex reality than portrayed by the show."--Publisher's description.

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