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Vanesa Ribas

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780520282957

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520282957.001.0001

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Exclusion or Ambivalence?

Exclusion or Ambivalence?

Explaining African Americans’ Boundary-Work

(p.159) Chapter 7 Exclusion or Ambivalence?
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Vanesa Ribas

University of California Press

This chapter examines the symbolic and social boundaries that African American workers draw vis-à-vis their Latino counterparts and explains why they are less frequently, less intensely, and less negatively racialized. To do so, I draw on the concept of “linked fate” and propose that, in contrast to scholars and pundits who emphasize competition and conflict between the groups, African Americans are more accurately described as ambivalent, not infrequently solidaristic, and rarely exclusionary toward Latinos.

Keywords:   boundaries, African Americans, linked fate, solidarity, ambivalence, exclusion

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