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USC_AMST_101_FINAL_STUDY GUIDE_7 - 25 Ridgewood as"Global...

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25. Ridgewood as “Global Suburb” 26. Howard Jarvis 27. Racialized Nativism 28. Main St. (Disneyland) 29. “Meanings of Blackness” (Costa Vargas)
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“Clashing notions about politics, public space, and social mores become expressed in vehement ways that would perhaps not be as intense were it not for forced proximity. The social dynamic of south Central Los Angeles revolve around conflicting, necessarily class-related worldviews that defined how the inner city is experienced. Blackness in this context is a matter of consensus and conflict, solidarity and stratification, mutual recognition and mutual recrimination (pg.17). Blackness as Exclusion and Isolation : The tenement and dwellers, political activists, and artists whose versions of blackness shape this study themselves been shaped by macro social forces – by residential segregation, employment discrimination, educational inequality, police brutality, environmental racism, and the disproportionate effects of economic restructuring and deindustrialization on communities of color. Patterns of residential segregation amplify the effects of unemployment and block social mobility among the large majority of blacks. Blackness as Sorrow And Solidarity : ‘Every time the moon is like that, I tell my kids that’s where their brother is with the stars and angels, way up in the sky.”(pg.63) The circles of solidarity that these women forged to combat the circles of sorrow in their lives inevitably took on racial dimensions. Because race
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