A "spatial community" compared with an "imagined community." The two suburbs of this study present different ways in which black parents are preparing their children to live successfully in the White world, while retaining connections to the Black world.
"Negotiating Black Identities," a presentation by Karyn Lacy
Published on May 3, 2005
Dr. Karyn Lacy presented "Constructing Racial Identities" at Emory University on March 2, 2005. In excerpts from her lecture, Prof. Lacy advances the idea of strategic assimilation as an way of understanding how contemporary middle-class Blacks are managing their lives in suburban spaces. She draws from her research in two counties near Washington, D. C.: Prince George's County, Maryland (a majority-Black county) and Fairfax County, Virginia (predominately White).