Perceptions of Poverty and Community Among Middle Class African-Americans
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The purpose of this qualitative study was to determine the extent to which middle-class Black people adhere to the same meta-narrative that is currently used to tell the story of African-Americans. Using a qualitative approach, the author interviewed five middle-class African-Americans to answer the question: How do middle-class Blacks understand themselves, poor Black people, and the Black community? The experiences and beliefs of the participants indicate that the current African-American narrative of victimization needs to be reconceptualized and expanded to include current and variable stories that represent the various class structures of Black people.
DepartmentEducational Administration and Human Resource Development
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