Politics of Public Housing Black Women's Struggles Against Urban Inequality

ISBN-10: 0195306511
ISBN-13: 9780195306514
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $28.95
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/8/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

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 post-war Americans to entrenched poverty. Instead, she recovers a history of grass-roots activism, of political awakening, and of classmobility, 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 thesuccesses and failures of government anti-poverty policy.

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

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