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Race and Real Estate

Adrienne Brown and Valerie Smith


This book brings together new work by architects, sociologists, legal scholars, and literary critics that qualifies and complicates traditional narratives of race, property, and citizenship in the United States. Rather than simply rehearsing the standard account of how blacks were historically excluded from homeownership, these chapters explore how the raced history of property affects understandings of home and citizenship. While the narrative of race and real estate in America has usually been relayed in terms of institutional subjugation, dispossession, and forced segregation, the chapters ... More

Keywords: race, real estate, homeownership, property, segregation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199977260
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199977260.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adrienne Brown, editor
Assistant Professor of English, University of Chicago

Valerie Smith, editor
Dean of the College, Woodrow Wilson Professor of Literature, Princeton University

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1 Introduction

Adrienne Brown and Valerie Smith

Part One Falling Values: Race and Real Estate and the Current Crisis

2 Black, Brown, and Green

Georgette Chapman Phillips

3 Hate Next Door

Jeannine Bell

Part Two Living It on the Ground: Subjective Approaches to Crisis

9 Black Folk, Brownstones

William Gleason

Part Three Flipping History: Finding New Homes in Old Spaces

13 Chess Moves on a Checkerboard

Davarian L. Baldwin

14 Sheree’s Home

Jeffrey M. Togman

End Matter