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Author Fleisher, Mark S., author

Title Living black : social life in an African American neighborhood / Mark S. Fleisher
Published Madison, Wisconsin : The University of Wisconsin Press, [2015]
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Contents The ethnographer and the ex-convict -- Culture and social life -- Lively streets -- Everyday life -- New neighbors -- Dreams and realities -- Rebirth days -- They don't need a savior
Summary "Living black breaks the stereotype of poor African American neighborhoods as dysfunctional ghettos of helpless and hopeless people. Despite real and enduring poverty, the community described here -- the historic North End of Champaign, Illinois -- has a vibrant social life and strong ties among generations. But it operates on its own nonjudgmental terms -- teen moms aren't derided, school dropouts aren't ridiculed, and parolees and ex-cons aren't scorned. Mark Fleisher offers a window into daily life in this neighborhood, particularly through the stories of Mo and Memphis Washington, who fight to sustain a stable home for their children, and of Burpee, a local man who has returned to the North End to rebuild his life after years of crime and punishment in Chicago."--Publisher's description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject African Americans -- Illinois -- Champaign -- Social conditions.
Ex-convicts -- Illinois -- Champaign -- Social conditions.
Ex-gang members -- Illinois -- Champaign -- Social conditions.
Gang members -- Illinois -- Champaign -- Social conditions.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0299305333