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How Americans make race : stories, institutions, spaces

Author: Clarissa Rile Hayward
Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
How do people produce and reproduce identities? In How Americans Make Race, Clarissa Rile Hayward challenges what is sometimes called the "narrative identity thesis": the idea that people produce and reproduce identities as stories. Identities have greater staying power than one would expect them to have if they were purely and simply narrative constructions, she argues, because people institutionalize  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Clarissa Rile Hayward
ISBN: 9781107043893 1107043891 9781107619586 1107619580
OCLC Number: 846519810
Awards: Joint winner of Best Book Award, Urban Politics Section, American Political Science Association 2014
Description: xi, 212 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Comme il faut --
Identities and stories --
Black places --
Ordinary stories --
Home, sweet home --
White fences --
Conclusion: Stories, institutions, and spaces --
Appendix: Interview respondents and interview schedule.
Responsibility: Clarissa Rile Hayward, Washington University, St. Louis.


This is a book about the stickiness of identity. Its focus is racial identities in the contemporary United States, which, it argues, were 'institutionalized' and 'objectified'. It uses historical  Read more...


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