'Stigma And Culture' Examines Cultural Class In Black Populations

May 12, 2016

J. Lorand Matory, professor of cultural anthropologist at Duke University
Credit J. Lorand Matory

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.