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Black Bourgeoisie

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A classic analysis of the Black middle class studies its origin and development, accentuating its behavior, attitudes, and values during the 1940s and 1950s.

When it was first published in 1957, E. Franklin Frazier’s Black Bourgeoisie was simultaneously reviled and revered—revered for its skillful dissection of one of America’s most complex communities, reviled for daring t
Paperback, 272 pages
Published February 13th 1997 by Free Press (first published July 1st 1962)
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Matthew Quest
Oct 14, 2012 Matthew Quest rated it it was amazing
This analysis of the Black middle classes from 1952 continues to offer fresh insights. One cannot be familiar with the cultures of Historically Black Colleges in the South or the perspectives of Black media without having perennial eye opening moments from reading this book. Often providing a scathing analysis, HBCUs are presented as inventing a false elite, and the Black media as inventing notions of political economy for the entire community which elevate the petty projects of Black Businesses ...more
Jan 20, 2009 Eric rated it really liked it
This book certainly lives up to the shocking revelation part and sadly not much has changed since its publication in 1957, yea very deep. Its alot of stuff that I already knew, but its roots are so disturbingly clownish that often when I was reading this on the El coming home my face was twisted as if I was sucking lemons
Dec 10, 2012 Pascal rated it really liked it
A classic by famed Black sociologist E. Franklin Frazier that provides a searing and honest assessment of the Black upper middle class. The analysis is often blunt and hard hitting but intellectually honest.
Apr 21, 2013 Kristl rated it it was amazing
Written in 1957 so much of it still rings true today. This book is incredible.
Aug 30, 2007 Randoll rated it liked it
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Ralowe Ampu
Aug 28, 2013 Ralowe Ampu rated it it was amazing
i was always on my guard the whole time i was reading this. perhaps frazier might not be interrogating his fundamental internalized racism as much as i imagine myself to be, but his bigger point in the grand scheme come incredibly close to my own. maybe his writing is just an example of how critical black study in public discourse invokes an awkward interiority that unseemly blurs subject/object. just go with it. the alternative ain't appealing, and is the primary (a)social problem. but he doesn ...more
R.K. Johnson
May 21, 2015 R.K. Johnson rated it liked it
Interesting book. Good historical data and references, although I found Frazier's critique of the Black elite to be, well, outright disparaging and contentious. I don't know much about his personal life other than the fact he was one of five children brought up in what may have been a middle class household, by his bank messenger father and housewife mother. I wonder if such a harsh critique is the result of his personal knowledge of this particular group or superficial research. However Frazier ...more
Jul 15, 2014 Marc rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
political incorrectness at the highest level...a classic
Joi Reece
Jun 10, 2012 Joi Reece rated it it was amazing
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This book is quite the read and worth the time for all individuals regardless of color or race. Through the reading of this book one can learn a lot, widen their horizon and relate upon the issue of racism.
Jul 28, 2009 Kimeticsolutions rated it it was amazing
The very best book on uncovering black life from an economic standpoint during the post -antibellum period. Excellent sociological framework.
Jul 06, 2016 JM rated it really liked it
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This book was the foundation of a study i did Junior year of undergrad. Awesome text. Very informative.
Nov 05, 2012 Quint rated it it was amazing
A classic for understanding the black middle class
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Edward Franklin Frazier was a pioneering African-American sociologist. Frazier received his B.A. from Howard University, his M.A. from Clark University, and his doctorate from the University of Chicago, with which he is most famously affiliated. He was a member of the first Chicago School of sociology, focusing on urban sociology, as well as the intersection of social structures and physical envir ...more
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