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Author Shelby, Tommie, 1967- author.

Title Dark ghettos : injustice, dissent, and reform / Tommie Shelby.

Publication Info. Cambridge, Massachusetts : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2016.


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 University of Saint Joseph: Pope Pius XII Library - Standard Shelving Location  362.5 S544D    Check Shelf
Description 340 pages ; 25 cm
Summary "Why do ghettos persist?" Tommie Shelby asks in Dark Ghettos. Today, ghettos are widely seen as social problems that public policy should aim to solve. Shelby calls this the "medical model" because it portrays ghettos as sick patients in need of treatment. In his view, this model ignores the political agency of the ghetto poor and the underlying social structures that perpetuate disadvantage in black communities. Shelby argues that we should conceive of ghettos within a "justice paradigm" instead. Adopting a Rawlsian framework, he considers the existence of ghettos as a sign of deeply embedded social injustice, and he offers a "nonideal" social theory, establishing what the government and citizens are obligated and permitted to do within fundamentally unfair conditions. His theory arises through practical considerations: should the American government enforce residential diversity? Should welfare programs disincentivize single motherhood? For those who live in ghettos, is voluntary non-work--or street violence, or hip-hop--a just and valid form of dissent? Ultimately, Shelby aims to establish principles that will lead to the abolishment of ghettos through just reform.-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction: Rethinking the problem of the ghetto -- Part I. Liberty, equality, fraternity -- Injustice -- Community -- Culture -- Part II. Of love and labor -- Reproduction -- Family -- Work -- Part III. Rejecting the claims of law -- Crime -- Punishment -- Impure dissent -- Epilogue: renewing ghetto abolitionism.
Subject Inner cities -- United States.
Social justice -- United States.
Racism in public welfare -- United States.
African Americans -- Social conditions.
Inner cities -- Government policy -- United States.
Cities and towns -- United States.
African Americans -- Segregation.
Sociology, Urban.
African Americans -- Social conditions. (OCoLC)fst00799698
Inner cities. (OCoLC)fst00973711
Inner cities -- Government policy. (OCoLC)fst00973714
Racism in public welfare. (OCoLC)fst01747259
Social justice. (OCoLC)fst01122603
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
ISBN 9780674970502 (alk. paper)
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