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Black on the Block: The Politics of Race and Class in the City / Edition 1
     

Black on the Block: The Politics of Race and Class in the City / Edition 1

by Mary Pattillo
 

ISBN-10: 0226649318

ISBN-13: 9780226649313

Pub. Date: 03/15/2007

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

In Black on the Block, Mary Pattillo-a Newsweek Woman of the 21st Century-uses the historic rise, alarming fall, and equally dramatic renewal of Chicago's North Kenwood-Oakland neighborhood to explore the politics of race and class in contemporary urban America.

There was a time when North Kenwood-Oakland was plagued by gangs, drugs, violence, and the font of

Overview

In Black on the Block, Mary Pattillo-a Newsweek Woman of the 21st Century-uses the historic rise, alarming fall, and equally dramatic renewal of Chicago's North Kenwood-Oakland neighborhood to explore the politics of race and class in contemporary urban America.

There was a time when North Kenwood-Oakland was plagued by gangs, drugs, violence, and the font of poverty from which they sprang. But in the late 1980s, activists rose up to tackle the social problems that had plagued the area for decades. Black on the Block tells the remarkable story of how these residents laid the groundwork for a revitalized and self-consciously black neighborhood that continues to flourish today. But theirs is not a tale of easy consensus and political unity, and here Patillo teases out the divergent class interests that have come to define black communities like North Kenwood-Oakland. She explores the often heated battles between haves and have-nots, home owners and apartment dwellers, and newcomers and old-timers as they clash over the social implications of gentrification. Along the way, Pattillo highlights the conflicted but crucial role that middle-class blacks play in transforming such districts as they negotiate between established centers of white economic and political power and the needs of their less fortunate black neighbors.

About the Author:
Mary Pattillo is professor of sociology and African American studies at Northwestern University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226649313
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
03/15/2007
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     vii
Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction     1
4432 Berkeley     23
The Black Bourgeoisie Meets the Truly Disadvantaged     81
White Power, Black Brokers     113
Remedies to "Educational Malpractice"     149
The Case against Public Housing     181
The Case for Public Housing     217
Avenging Violence with Violence     259
Conclusion     297
Notes     309
References     349
Index     371

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