Black middle-class Britannia

Black middle-class Britannia

Identities, repertoires, cultural consumption

Ali Meghji


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This book analyses how racism and anti-racism affect Black British middle class cultural consumption. The author argues there are three black middle class identity modes: strategic assimilation, class- minded, and ethnoracial autonomous. People towards each of these identity modes organise their cultural consumption according to specific cultural repertoires. Those towards strategic assimilation draw on repertoires of code-switching and cultural equity, consuming traditional middle class culture to maintain equality with the white middle class in levels of cultural capital. Ethnoracial autonomous individuals draw on repertoires of browning and Afro-centrism, showing a preference for cultural forms that uplift Black diasporic histories and cultures.