Paths to Respectability: Consumption and Stigma Management in the Contemporary Black Middle Class.

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  • Additional Information
    • Publication Year:
      2017
    • Author-Supplied Keywords:
      consumer resistance
      racism
      stigma
    • Abstract:
      When confronted with racial stigma, how do people manage it? What specific arrangements of objects and tactics do they mobilize to make everyday life more tolerable (if not more equal)? The politics of respectability (respectability) is one such arrangement. Respectability makes life more tolerable by offering a counternarrative that disavows stigma through status-oriented displays. This strategy of action emerged alongside mass consumer culture in the late 19th century, but what relevance does it have to those who are stigmatized in contemporary consumer culture? Based on ethnographic interviews and observations with middle-class African Americans, respectability remains an important strategy that has undergone profound changes since its origins while still operating in similar ways. In the late 20th century it fractured into two related but distinct counternarratives: (1) "discern and avoid," which seeks distance from whatever is stigmatized, and (2) "destigmatize," using black culture as a source of high status. Perceptions of how well either counternarrative manages stigma depend on how ideology, strategy, and consumption are connected via specific sociohistorical features of place and individual power resources. I illustrate those connections through four cases that show perceived success and perceived failure for each counternarrative. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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    • ISSN:
      00935301
    • Accession Number:
      124996243
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      CROCKETT, D. Paths to Respectability: Consumption and Stigma Management in the Contemporary Black Middle Class. Journal of Consumer Research, [s. l.], v. 44, n. 3, p. 554, 2017. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edb&AN=124996243. Acesso em: 31 out. 2020.
    • AMA:
      CROCKETT D. Paths to Respectability: Consumption and Stigma Management in the Contemporary Black Middle Class. Journal of Consumer Research. 2017;44(3):554. Accessed October 31, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edb&AN=124996243
    • APA:
      CROCKETT, D. (2017). Paths to Respectability: Consumption and Stigma Management in the Contemporary Black Middle Class. Journal of Consumer Research, 44(3), 554.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      CROCKETT, DAVID. 2017. “Paths to Respectability: Consumption and Stigma Management in the Contemporary Black Middle Class.” Journal of Consumer Research 44 (3): 554. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edb&AN=124996243.
    • Harvard:
      CROCKETT, D. (2017) ‘Paths to Respectability: Consumption and Stigma Management in the Contemporary Black Middle Class’, Journal of Consumer Research, 44(3), p. 554. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edb&AN=124996243 (Accessed: 31 October 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      CROCKETT, D 2017, ‘Paths to Respectability: Consumption and Stigma Management in the Contemporary Black Middle Class’, Journal of Consumer Research, vol. 44, no. 3, p. 554, viewed 31 October 2020, .
    • MLA:
      CROCKETT, DAVID. “Paths to Respectability: Consumption and Stigma Management in the Contemporary Black Middle Class.” Journal of Consumer Research, vol. 44, no. 3, Oct. 2017, p. 554. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edb&AN=124996243.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      CROCKETT, DAVID. “Paths to Respectability: Consumption and Stigma Management in the Contemporary Black Middle Class.” Journal of Consumer Research 44, no. 3 (October 2017): 554. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edb&AN=124996243.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      CROCKETT D. Paths to Respectability: Consumption and Stigma Management in the Contemporary Black Middle Class. Journal of Consumer Research [Internet]. 2017 Oct [cited 2020 Oct 31];44(3):554. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edb&AN=124996243