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Author Maly, Michael T., 1968- author

Title Vanishing Eden : white construction of memory, meaning, and identity in a racially changing city / Michael T. Maly and Heather M. Dalmage
Published Philadelphia, Pennsylvania : Temple University Press, [2016]
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Description 1 online resource (170 pages)
Series Urban life, landscape, and policy
Urban life, landscape, and policy.
Contents Racial change, neighborhoods, and whiteness -- Controlling the change: white ethnics, white victims -- On the borders / (co-authored with Nancy Michaels) -- The end of an idyllic world -- Racial ignorance, bounded empathy, and the construction of racial solidarity -- Conclusion -- Methodological appendix
Summary "For many whites, desegregation initially felt like an attack on their community. But how has the process of racial change affected whites' understanding of community and race? In Vanishing Eden, Michael Maly and Heather Dalmage provide an intriguing analysis of the experiences and memories of whites who lived in Chicago neighborhoods experiencing racial change during the 1950s through the 1980s. They pay particular attention to examining how young people made sense of what was occurring, and how this experience impacted their lives. Using a blend of urban studies and whiteness studies, the authors examine how racial solidarity and whiteness were created and maintained--often in subtle and unreflective ways. Vanishing Eden also considers how race is central to the ways social institutions such as housing, education, and employment function. Surveying the shifting social, economic, and racial contexts, the authors explore how race and class at local and national levels shaped the organizing strategies of those whites who chose to stay as racial borders began to change"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Discrimination in housing -- Illinois -- Chicago -- History -- 20th century.
Ethnic neighborhoods -- Illinois -- Chicago -- History -- 20th century.
Segregation -- Illinois -- Chicago -- History -- 20th century.
Sociology, Urban -- Illinois -- Chicago.
Whites -- Illinois -- Chicago -- History -- 20th century.
Chicago (Ill.) -- Race relations -- History -- 20th century.
United States -- Race relations -- History -- 20th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Dalmage, Heather M., 1965- author
ISBN 1439911207 (electronic book)
9781439911204 (electronic book)