Dark ghettos: injustice, dissent, and reform

"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...

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Main Author: Shelby, Tommie
Format: Print Book
Language:English
Published: Cambridge, Massachusetts London, England The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press 2016
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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.--
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
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Includes bibliographical references and index
Physical Description:340 Seiten 25 cm
ISBN:9780674970502
9780674984073