Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.

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Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

What a thought-provoking topic. In high school, we called those boys wanna-bes. In the school I teach at, we have a lot of white kids in the middle. Not middle class, but not completely urban either. Not a lot of parental support in anything they do. They speak like their black friends and desperately try to cling to something. Be it goth or hip hop or something. They are claiming. I'm glad that I know the term for it now. So thanks.
I considered a double major in sociology during my undergrad and have always been fascinated by human behavior.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Me too, Omaha--sometimes I wonder why I'm in the English field and not following my true interest--sociology, or cultural anthropology!

I think claiming is fascinating--it's sad, too, because to me there is nothing more sad then seeing young people who don't know where they fit in, or how they fit in, yet they desperately want to belong to something.