Race and Downward Mobility in "Honky "
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This paper examines Dalton Conley's book "Honky," which describes his life growing up as a white child in a predominantly African-American neighborhood and his own sociological outlooks. Conley's book documents not only his personal history, but he also puts this personal history in the context of sociology. In "Honky", he addresses his gradual 'awakening' to the realities that marginalized groups in society, like the African-Americans, before the rise of the civil rights movement. Conley also highlights his experience of what it was like to live as the 'minority' in his childhood community, a reversal of role where the white American becomes marginalized, and African-Americans the dominant group in the society. The paper concludes by focusing on the concept of downward mobility.In fact, the paper describes that Conley's family only felt downwardly mobile when judged as such by other white families.
From the Paper:"This reversal of roles between white and black Americans in Conley's community and personal history illustrates the sociological phenomenon called downward mobility. Downward mobility occurs when there is "a movement to a lower position in the stratification hierarchy" (Renzetti & Curran, 2000:209). The author's history manifests this phenomenon, as his family appeared as 'deviants' who chose to live 'below' the hierarchy than what was expected of them as a white American family. The discussion that follows delves into the phenomenon of downward mobility as it relates to Conley and his family's experiences in the Projects at New York."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Conley, D. 2000. Honky. Berkeley: University of California Press.
- Renzetti, C. and D. Curran. 2000. Living Sociology. 2nd ed. MA: Allyn & Bacon
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