White Means Never Having to Say You're Ethnic

  title={White Means Never Having to Say You're Ethnic},
  author={Pamela L. Perry},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary Ethnography},
  pages={56 - 91}
  • Pamela L. Perry
  • Published 1 February 2001
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Contemporary Ethnography
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