This Ain 't Chicago : Race, Class, And Regional Identity Essays

802 Words Dec 4th, 2015 4 Pages
The south always feels like home each year that I go. The south is a part of my ethnicity history and where most of my ancestors lived. The author of the book, This Ain’t Chicago: Race, Class, and Regional Identity in the Post-Soul South, analyzes and evaluates the pulls between urban and rural areas around the Memphis city and their takes on race, class, gender, and region on black identity in today’s era. To prove this, Zandria Robinson interviews many people-what is known as her “respondents”-whom are southerners. In addition to her respondents, Robinson uses the media to prove her argument. During the introduction, she explains why she decides to use respondents instead of “Memphians, because inasmuch as neighborhood and city contexts matter, region matters as well, sometimes even overshadowing city boundaries and limits. Because Memphis is neither a New South urban magnet, like Dallas, Charlotte, and Atlanta, nor a close-knit rural southern community, it is a key space in which to examine the interplay of urban and rural cultures that undergird articulations of black southern identity” (Robinson 25). This quote is saying that the south isn’t like anywhere else
How does living in the South interact with race, class, and regional identities? Zandria Robinson was on the hunt to answer this question. She interviewed black southerners to get their take on what it truly means to be black and live in the south. She was about to analyze the northerners take on black identity…

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