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This Ain't Chicago – Race, Class, and Regional Identity in the Post-Soul South - North Carolina Scholarship Online
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This Ain't Chicago: Race, Class, and Regional Identity in the Post-Soul South

Zandria F. Robinson


When the author of this book returned home to interview African Americans in Memphis, she was often greeted with some version of the caution “I hope you know this ain't Chicago.” This work critiques ideas of black identity constructed through a northern lens and situates African Americans as central shapers of contemporary southern culture. Analytically separating black southerners from their migrating cousins, fictive kin, and white counterparts, it demonstrates how place intersects with race, class, gender, and regional identities and differences. The author grounds her work in Memphis—the f ... More

Keywords: African Americans, Memphis, black identity, contemporary southern culture, black southerners, Mississippi Delta, civil rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781469614229
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469614229.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Zandria F. Robinson, author