The Politics of Public Housing: Black Women's Struggles Against Urban Inequality / Edition 1

The Politics of Public Housing: Black Women's Struggles Against Urban Inequality / Edition 1

by Rhonda Y. Williams
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195306511

ISBN-13: 9780195306514

Pub. Date: 12/08/2005

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

In this collective biography, Rhonda Y. Williams takes us behind, and beyond, politically expedient labels to provide an incisive and intimate portrait of poor black women in urban America. Drawing on dozens of interviews, Williams challenges the notion that low-income housing was a resounding failure that doomed three consecutive generations of postwar Americans to…  See more details below

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In this collective biography, Rhonda Y. Williams takes us behind, and beyond, politically expedient labels to provide an incisive and intimate portrait of poor black women in urban America. Drawing on dozens of interviews, Williams challenges the notion that low-income housing was a resounding failure that doomed three consecutive generations of postwar Americans to entrenched poverty. Instead, she recovers a history of grassroots activism, of political awakening, and of class mobility, all facilitated by the creation of affordable public housing. The stereotyping of black women, especially mothers, has obscured a complicated and nuanced reality too often warped by the political agendas of both the Left and the Right and has prevented an accurate understanding of the successes and failures of government antipoverty policy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195306514
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/08/2005
Series:
Transgressing Boundaries: Studies in Black Politics and Black Communities Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.90(d)

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Introduction
Part I - Beginnings
1. Creating "A Little Heaven for Poor People": Decent Housing and Respectable Communities
2. "A Woman Can Understand": Dissidence in 1940s Public Housing
Part II - Shifting Landscapes
3. Shifting Landscapes in Postwar Baltimore
4. "When Then Came the Change": The Fight Against Disrepute
Part II - Respect, Rights, and Power
5. "An Awakening Giant": The Search for Poor People's Political Power
6. "Sunlight at Early Dawn": Economic Struggles, Public Housing, and Welfare Rights
Epilogue

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