Honky (Hardcover)

Author: Conley, Dalton

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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.

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"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."

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Publisher Univ of California Pr
Mfg Part# 9780520215863
SKU 30606607
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0520215869
Release Date 11/4/2008
Table Of Contents <FONT SIZE="+2">Contents </FONT> <P> <PRE> 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 </PRE> <!--excerpt-->
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Dimensions (in Inches) 8.5H x 6L x 0.75T
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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.
Editors Note 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.
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Number of Pages 0243
Publisher University of California Press

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