• Barriers to Assimilation: A Study of Black Urban Culture

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    This 7 page paper examines Joyce Aschenbrenner's Lifelines. Chicago in the 1970s is discussed as are racial components. This anthropological paper focuses on the culture of the American black community and changes it has endured over the decades. A proposal for this paper is included. The paper maintains that the reason why black culture stands out today is due to the fact that the social constructions are very different from White America's European culture. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

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    Barriers to Assimilation: A Study of Black Urban Culture - June, 2004 paper  properly! Joyce Aschenbrenner writes about life in black Chicago during the 1970s in her book called Lifelines. After providing some history on black culture, she predominately looks  at life during that time period in urban Illinois. The information provides a springboard for discussion on why black culture is what it is today. One has to wonder why  certain trends in society are distinct and uniquely African American. While applauded today, these same cultural anomalies once separated black and white America. While culture still acts as a divider,  black America has emerged unscathed and in fact has become quite attractive to suburban whites who envy urban lifestyles and listen to gangsta rap music. I would like to  delve into this subject by reading Aschenbrenners work and looking at other materials such as the photography and observations of John White. Other observations about the black community today, and  during the time period, will help to forge a discussion on why black culture remains unique. While original culture will be a part of the review, certainly the constructed culture  of black urban America will be a part of the investigation. When Joyce Aschenbrenner first had her ethnography published in the late seventies, black  sit-coms were already common fare. Black power was a statement spouted by many and suddenly, the African American was beginning to come into his own. Although racism persists today, it  is nowhere near the problem it was during the 1960s and 1970s of which Aschenbrenner wrote. Aschenbrenner tried to capture Chicago and the way in which African Americans became a 

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