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Professor Orly Clerge wins Mary C. Douglas Prize for Best Book in the Sociology of Culture

Orly Clerge wins the Mary C. Douglas Prize for Best Book in the Sociology of Culture Section of the American Sociological Association for her book, "The New Noir: Race, Identity, and Diaspora in Black Suburbia" (UC Press, 2019).

The New Noir explores the cultural politics of spaces originally created to exclude Black people and immigrants—suburbia.  Clerge takes the reader into the diasporic lifeworlds of Black middle-class New Yorkers who hail from the American South and the Caribbean and argues that their interactions with one another reveal transnational definitions of race, nation, and class, each of which matters for the political futures of Black America. The New Noir is a timely reflection on how the largest Black groups in the country, Black Americans, Jamaicans and Haitians, make sense of who they are and their futures in a segregated 21st-century city that is facing the crisis of a disappearing middle class and unprecedented racial political change. The New Noir explodes any neat assumptions about what it means to be Black, who lives in the suburbia, and how everyday people become middle class. For more information, visit