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The Love Jones Cohort

The Love Jones Cohort

Single and Living Alone in the Black Middle Class

Kris Marsh
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Drawing from stratification economics, intersectionality, and respectability politics, The Love Jones Cohort centers on the voices and lifestyles of members of the Black middle class who are single and living alone (SALA). While much has been written about both the Black middle class and the rise of singlehood, this book represents a first foray into bridging these two concepts. In studying these intersections, The Love Jones Cohort provides a more nuanced understanding of how race, gender, and class, coupled with social structures, shape five central lifestyle factors of Black middle-class adults who are SALA. The book explores how these Black adults define family and friends and decide on whether and how to pursue romantic relationships, articulate the ebbs and flows of being Black and middle class, select where to live and why, accumulate and disseminate wealth, and maintain overall health, well-being, and coping mechanisms.


Kris Marsh is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland. Previously, Professor Marsh was a visiting researcher at the University of Southern California and Fulbright Scholar in South Africa at the University of Witwatersrand and the University of Johannesburg. Professor Marsh's areas of expertise are the Black middle class, demography, racial residential segregation, and education.

  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publish Date: February 09, 2023
  • Pages: 250
  • Dimensions: 6.0 X 9.0 X 0.56 inches | 0.81 pounds
  • Language: English
  • Type: Paperback
  • EAN/UPC: 9781316612910
    BISAC Categories: Economics - General, Ethnic Studies - General, Women's Studies, Economics - Macroeconomics, Ethnic Studies - African American Studies, Sociology - General
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