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Honky (Hardcover)

Author:  Dalton Conley
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0520215869
ISBN-13: 9780520215863
Sku: 30606607
Publish Date: 11/4/2008
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.5H x 6L x 0.75T
Pages:  243
Age Range:  NA
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This intensely personal and engaging memoir is the coming-of-age story of a white boy growing up in predominantly African-American and Latino housing projects on New York's Lower East Side. "Honky" poignantly illuminates the vulnerability of childhood complicated by the effect of race and class at the deepest human level.

From Publishers Weekly
"I've studied whiteness the way I would a foreign language," declares Conley at the outset of his affecting, challenging memoir, laced with the retrospective wisdom of the sociologist (at New York University) he has become. As the child of bohemian, white parents, he grew up in an otherwise black and Hispanic housing project on New York's Lower East Side. At elementary school in the 1970s, he found himself placed in the "Chinese class," after his stint in the black class--where he was the only student not to receive corporal punishment--left him uncomfortable. Despite the family's lack of funds, they had cultural capital in the form of social connections, and were able to transfer young Dalton to a better school, where he began to feel some snobbery toward kids in his own neighborhood. Yet the friend who accepted Dalton most was a black youth from the neighborhood, Jerome, who was tragically disabled in a random act of violence that helped spur Conley's parents to leave the Lower East Side for subsidized housing for artists. Part of the memoir concerns the universality of poverty--but a thoughtful examination of the privileges of race and class also emerges. Despite the book's title, the author cites only one major episode in which he was threatened and called "honky." Conley acknowledges that he doesn't know how to account for such successes as gaining admission into the selective Bronx High School of Science: race? parental protectiveness? his own aspirations? It is "the privilege of the middle and upper classes," he observes, to construct narratives of their own success "rather than having the media and society do it for us."

From the Publisher:
A coming-of-age memoir of a white boy growing up in predominantly African-American and Latino housing projects on New York's Lower East Side reveals how race and class were pivotal factors in his life.
Annotation:
In this memoir, Conley, now a sociologist, recounts the life he led as a minority white in a mostly black and Hispanic housing project in New York City. Conley discusses the privileges he received as a white in public school, and explores the dynamics of the world of his childhood.

Table of Contents

Contents

Prologue............................................................xi
one  Black Babies....................................................1
two  Trajectories....................................................9
three  Downward Mobility............................................19
four  Race Lessons..................................................37
five  Fear..........................................................55
six  Learning Class.................................................67
seven  The Hawk.....................................................79
eight  Getting Paid.................................................97
nine  Sesame Street................................................111
ten  Welcome to America............................................121
eleven  No Soap Radio..............................................133
twelve  Moving On Up...............................................143
thirteen  Disco Sucks..............................................151
fourteen  Addictions...............................................165
fifteen  Symmetry..................................................177
sixteen  Fire......................................................191
seventeen  Cultural Capital........................................203
Epilogue...........................................................219
Author's Note......................................................229

Product Attributes

Product attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0243
Product attributePublisher:   University of California Press
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