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'Stigma And Culture' Examines Cultural Class In Black Populations

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J. Lorand Matory
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Ethnic identity can be shaped by cultural practices and heritage. But in his new book, Stigma and Culture: Last-Place Anxiety in Black America

 (The University of Chicago Press/2015)

J. Lorand Matory, Lawrence Richardson Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University, says a cultural hierarchy stigmatizes different ethnic groups against one another and creates cultural competition.


 

Host Frank Stasio talks with Matory about the ways identity is shaped by a cultural hierarchy. 

 
 

Charlie Shelton-Ormond is a podcast producer for WUNC. His fascination for audio storytelling and radio journalism began as a broadcast major at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He began his career as a reporter for Carolina Connection, UNC’s student-led radio news show, where Charlie’s work won multiple Hearst Journalism Awards.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.