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Spatializing Blackness: Architectures of Confinement and Black Masculinity in Chicago

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Over 277,000 African Americans migrated to Chicago between 1900 and 1940, an influx unsurpassed in any other northern city. From the start, carceral powers literally and figuratively created a prison-like environment to contain these African Americans within the so-called Black Belt on the city's South Side. A geographic study of race and gender, Spatializing Blackness ...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published August 20th 2015 by University of Illinois Press
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Kathrina
Socio-spatial studies is a fascinating field, and its application to carceral contexts, sometimes coined as carceral geography, provides a fresh lens for understanding the relationships between social structures, ideologies, identity construction, politics, and capitalist industrial complexes. Shabazz points this lens not at the literal prisons that sit fat and engorged across the Illinois landscape, but on the home communities that have been hegemonically constructed to mirror the social ...more
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Nov 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Angela Y Davis said "Walls turned sideways are bridges."

Henri Lefebvre said "a revolution that does not produce a new space has not realized its full potential"

This was a unique critical geographic study on how we create space in society and what effects this has on race, gender, public health and wellbeing of marginalised peoples. Shabazz traces Black Chicago through history and explains processes and politics that created its conditions. There is much said about creating 'landscapes of
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Matthew
Great book on the way that housing rules cultural climate created an environment of strain on black individuals in Chicago during the 20th century. His thesis is that the highly regulated environment of the projects created a liminal space that merged the concepts of home and prison.
LT
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Important perspective that provides a genealogy of black masculinity as a spatial process. A must read for Black geographic thought.
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Rashad Shabazz is an associate professor in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science and philosophy from Minnesota State University-Mankato, a master’s degree from the Department of Justice & Social Inquiry at Arizona State University, and a doctorate in the History of Consciousness from the University of ...more