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Slim's Table: Race, Respectability, and Masculinity

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At the Valois "See Your Food" cafeteria on Chicago's South Side, black and white men gather over cups of coffee and steam-table food. Mitchell Duneier, a sociologist, spent four years at the Valois writing this moving profile of the black men who congregate at "Slim's Table." Praised as "a marvelous study of those who should not be forgotten" by the Wall Street Journal,Sli ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published May 28th 1994 by University Of Chicago Press (first published 1992)
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Josh Stewart
Feb 26, 2008 Josh Stewart rated it really liked it
Slim's table is a great book for any seeking to gain a better understanding of African American society. The mass media portrays a lot of misconceptions about African Americans and this book is a great look into why those misconceptions and stereotypes are wrong. A very insightfull read.
Nov 20, 2016 Sagely rated it really liked it
Duneier's Slim's Table has been my introduction to ethnography. So far, I'm finding this compelling, exciting, useful.

This January I'm beginning a DMin program in contextual theology. The syllabus of my first course is full of texts searching out the connection between ethnographic research and ecclesial praxis and thought. From my current vantage point--still eight weeks prior to my first class--I'm enamored with the possibilities of bringing these conversations together.

In picking up Duneier's
Dec 13, 2013 Julia rated it liked it
THIS IS NOT A PLEASURE READ. Only read it if you're fascinated by the subject it's talking about. It is written like a textbook, which makes sense given what it is and who it's by (a Princeton professor). I wouldn't be surprised if it were intended that way; after all, I only read it for my IB Social Anthropology class. But unlike the last book we read, Elizabeth Warnock Fernea's seminal "Guests of the Sheik," this was not even remotely pleasant to read. It was dense and tiresome, and managed to ...more
May 31, 2013 Troy rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. Even as dated as it was, I imagine a communal space somewhere, where the old heads hold forth. THe sociological concerns this book raises are multifold, among them the need for media to find the lowest of the low to stamp "black morality" on, instead of people like this; the working poor and the middle class. Lots to think about.
Ben Francisco
Apr 04, 2008 Ben Francisco rated it it was ok
A sociological study on what has happened to role-models for blacks in urban settings. The author uses his associations with a group of black males from a local cafe to break down stereotypes of black inner city males.
Jun 11, 2010 Marty rated it really liked it
Another book I read in preparation to my time in Chicago. Very good!
Aug 13, 2009 Marie rated it really liked it
An insightful ethnographic study of the men who frequent a cafeteria on the south side of Chicago.
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Oct 31, 2015 Sarah Andersen rated it really liked it
Very thought-provoking.
Sep 28, 2009 Brielle rated it liked it
A new perspective of widely accepted stereotypes, opened my mind to new ideas pertaining to interracial relations.
Sep 09, 2008 Megan rated it really liked it
This book is great. It's about the neighborhood that I lived in during the year I spent in Chicago. It's really strange to read a book about a place that you know.
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Mitchell Duneier is an American sociologist currently Professor of Sociology at Princeton University and regular Visiting Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the City University of New York, Graduate Center.
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