Synopses & Reviews
In this look at the complexities of immigration, Accent on Privilege asks how race and class are constructed through the eyes of native and immigrant. Katharine Jones investigates how British immigrants live in the United States, and how their status as foreigners is created by both American Anglophilia and the ways they perform their identities as "proper" Britons in their host country. Jones looks at the cultural aspects of this performance: how Brits play up their accents, "British reserve, " sense of humor and fashion, even the way they drink beer.
Given the affinity between Great Britain and the U.S., many British people living in the country do not even consider themselves immigrants. This unique and singular relationship between the U.S. and its immigrants offers an important new understanding of the paradoxes of how class, identity, and race are formed in the U.S.