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Volume 86, #2 • Spring 2013

 

SOCIAL THOUGHT & COMMENTARY:

 

Stuff the Professional-Managerial Class Likes: “Distinction” for an
Egalitarian Elite

Daniel Rosenblatt, Carleton University

Despite what its name might suggest, the satirical website “Stuff White People Like” is an insightful commentary on the values and tastes of liberal members of the American “professional-managerial class.” Besides calling attention to the “racing” of class, the site presents a portrait of these people that allows us to read the way structurally inherent anxieties around class reproduction and a historically conditioned quest for authenticity and individuality are sedimented in their everyday behavior and consciousness. The popularity of the site in 2008 reflected public interest in the intersection of race, class, and culture in the context of Barak Obama’s presidential campaign. [Keywords: Middle class, race, consumption, popular culture, Obama, Internet, public anthropology]

 

SPECIAL COLLECTION:

Laying Claim to Authenticity: Anthropological Dilemmas

Introduced by Dimitrios Theodossopoulos

Volume 86, #2

Spring 2013