• Title: Slim's Table: Race, Respectability, and Masculinity
  • Author: Mitchell Duneier Ovie Carter
  • ISBN: 9780226170312
  • Page: 457
  • Format: Paperback
  • Slim s Table Race Respectability and Masculinity At the Valois See Your Food cafeteria on Chicago s South Side black and white men gather over cups of coffee and steam table food Mitchell Duneier a sociologist spent four years at the Valois writi
    At the Valois See Your Food cafeteria on Chicago s South Side, black and white men gather over cups of coffee and steam table food Mitchell Duneier, a sociologist, spent four years at the Valois writing this moving profile of the black men who congregate at Slim s Table Praised as a marvelous study of those who should not be forgotten by the Wall Street Journal,SliAt the Valois See Your Food cafeteria on Chicago s South Side, black and white men gather over cups of coffee and steam table food Mitchell Duneier, a sociologist, spent four years at the Valois writing this moving profile of the black men who congregate at Slim s Table Praised as a marvelous study of those who should not be forgotten by the Wall Street Journal,Slim s Table helps demolish the narrow sociological picture of black men and simple media reinforced stereotypes In between is a respectable citizenry, too often ignored and little understood Slim s Table is an astonishment Duneier manages to fling open windows of perception into what it means to be working class black, how a caring community can proceed from the most ordinary transactions, all the while smashing media induced stereotypes of the races and race relations Citation for Chicago Sun Times Chicago Book of the Year Award An instant classic of ethnography that will provoke debate and provide insight for years to come Michael Eric Dyson, Chicago Tribune Mr Duneier sees the subjects of his study as people and he sees the scale of their lives as fully human, rather than as diminished versions of grander lives lived elsewhere by people of another color A welcome antidote to trends in both journalism and sociology Roger Wilkins, New York Times Book Review

    One Reply to “Slim's Table: Race, Respectability, and Masculinity”

    1. Slim's table is a great book for any seeking to gain a better understanding of African American society. The mass media portrays a lot of misconceptions about African Americans and this book is a great look into why those misconceptions and stereotypes are wrong. A very insightfull read.

    2. What I found particularly interesting (and relevant) in this book was the discussion of a perceived innocence in relation to black people and communities. I was reminded of the section of Coates's We Were Eight Years In Power where he talks about South Shore in Chicago and the big chunks of black America that are simply not visible in mainstream society, and the effects of that omission in the creation of black stereotypes. Definitely a reminder to dig deeper and more critically into what we thi [...]

    3. I don't have many uncles, men or colleagues to "shoot the sh" with as put in this book. It felt like I was there at Slim's table, in the discussions, the debates, enjoying the scenery of the restaurant so vivid in my mind. I loved the different view points of the patrons. This book was easy to read for the most part but some of the vocabulary was challenging for me. This is a book I own and will definitely re-read in future.

    4. Duneier's Slim's Table has been my introduction to ethnography. So far, I'm finding this compelling, exciting, useful.This January I'm beginning a DMin program in contextual theology. The syllabus of my first course is full of texts searching out the connection between ethnographic research and ecclesial praxis and thought. From my current vantage point--still eight weeks prior to my first class--I'm enamored with the possibilities of bringing these conversations together.In picking up Duneier's [...]

    5. I really enjoyed this book. Even as dated as it was, I imagine a communal space somewhere, where the old heads hold forth. THe sociological concerns this book raises are multifold, among them the need for media to find the lowest of the low to stamp "black morality" on, instead of people like this; the working poor and the middle class. Lots to think about.

    6. A sociological study on what has happened to role-models for blacks in urban settings. The author uses his associations with a group of black males from a local cafe to break down stereotypes of black inner city males.

    7. An insightful ethnographic study of the men who frequent a cafeteria on the south side of Chicago.

    8. A new perspective of widely accepted stereotypes, opened my mind to new ideas pertaining to interracial relations.

    9. This book is great. It's about the neighborhood that I lived in during the year I spent in Chicago. It's really strange to read a book about a place that you know.

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *