Marsh, K. (2023). The Love Jones Cohort: Single and Living Alone in the Black Middle Class (Cambridge Studies in Stratification Economics: Economics and Social Identity). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Drawing from stratification economics, intersectionality, and respectability politics, The Love Jones Cohort centers on the voices and lifestyles of members of the Black middle class who are single and living alone (SALA). While much has been written about both the Black middle class and the rise of singlehood, this book represents a first foray into bridging these two concepts. In studying these intersections, The Love Jones Cohort provides a more nuanced understanding of how race, gender, and class, coupled with social structures, shape five central lifestyle factors of Black middle-class adults who are SALA. The book explores how these Black adults define family and friends and decide on whether and how to pursue romantic relationships, articulate the ebbs and flows of being Black and middle class, select where to live and why, accumulate and disseminate wealth, and maintain overall health, well-being, and coping mechanisms.
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Khunou, Grace, Kris Marsh, Polite Chauke, Lesego Plank, Igbanoi Osikhena and Mabone Kgosiemang, The South African Black Middle Class and Researcher Reflexivity: Does It Exist and Are We Members. Emerald Press ( Forthcoming, November 2019)
This book provides reflections of fieldwork for a study on what is means to be Black and middle class in South Africa. The researchers interrogate socio-economic and middle class concepts while reflecting on the process of interviewing the Black Middle class living outside of Soweto. The book highlights how the researchers reflect and question their own class status during the research project. This is known as reflexivity. Reflexivity allows scholars to question their methods and influences as researchers as well as take responsibility for their positionality and contribution to both the interview and theorizing process. This book demonstrates how these researchers understand themselves and their socio-economics status while interviewing the South African Black middle class.
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