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Black Corona: Race and the Politics of Place in an Urban Community

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In Black Corona, Steven Gregory examines political culture and activism in an African-American neighborhood in New York City. Using historical and ethnographic research, he challenges the view that black urban communities are "socially disorganized." Gregory demonstrates instead how working-class and middle-class African Americans construct and negotiate complex and deeply historical political identities and institutions through struggles over the built environment and neighborhood quality of life. With its emphasis on the lived experiences of African Americans, Black Corona provides a fresh and innovative contribution to the study of the dynamic interplay of race, class, and space in contemporary urban communities. It questions the accuracy of the widely used trope of the dysfunctional "black ghetto," which, the author asserts, has often been deployed to depoliticize issues of racial and economic inequality in the United States. By contrast, Gregory argues that the urban experience of African Americans is more diverse than is generally acknowledged and that it is only by attending to the history and politics of black identity and community life that we can come to appreciate this complexity.

This is the first modern ethnography to focus on black working-class and middle-class life and politics. Unlike books that enumerate the ways in which black communities have been rendered powerless by urban political processes and by changing urban economies, Black Corona demonstrates the range of ways in which African Americans continue to organize and struggle for social justice and community empowerment. Although it discusses the experiences of one community, its implications resonate far more widely.

Synopsis:

"Gregory's great insight is to focus on the ways in which the dynamics of class and race inform the actual patterns of daily struggle in real communities. Black Corona represents a significant contribution to the study of contemporary black urban life."--Manning Marable, Professor of History and Director, Institute for Research in African-American Studies, Columbia University

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [267]-277) and index.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Acknowledgments xi

PART ONE 1

Chapter One: Introduction 3

Chapter Two: Making Community 20

Chapter Three: The Movement 55

Chapter Four: The State and the War on Politics 85

PART TWO 107

Chapter Five: Race and the Politics of Place 109

Chapter Six: A Piece of the Rock 139

PART THREE 179

Chapter Seven: Up Against the Authority 181

Chapter Eight: The Politics of Hearing and Telling 218

Chapter Nine: Conclusion 248

Notes 253

References Cited 267

Index 279

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691017396
Subtitle:
Race and the Politics of Place in an Urban Community
Author:
Gregory, Steven
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton, N.J. :
Subject:
History
Subject:
Afro-americans
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Sociology - Urban
Subject:
African American Studies
Subject:
New york (n.y.)
Subject:
Social conditions
Subject:
Urban ecology
Subject:
Political culture
Subject:
New York
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Political culture -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 20th century.
Subject:
Corona
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Subject:
American history
Subject:
Anthropology
Series:
Princeton Studies in Culture/Power/History Hardcover
Series Volume:
no. 639
Publication Date:
19980426
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
11 halftones 1 map
Pages:
296
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 21 oz

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