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Dalton Conley


This personal memoir is the coming-of-age story of a white boy growing up in a neighborhood of predominantly African American and Latino housing projects on New York's Lower East Side. Vividly evoking the details of city life from a child's point of view—the streets, buses, and playgrounds—this book poignantly illuminates the usual vulnerabilities of childhood complicated by unusual circumstances. As he narrates these sharply etched and often funny memories, the author shows how race and class shaped his life and the lives of his schoolmates and neighbors. A case study for illuminating the lar ... More

Keywords: New York, Lower East Side, African Americans, whiteness, race, class, American society, cultural capital, white middle class, educational expectations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780520215863
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520215863.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dalton Conley, author