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Maher on Race, Class, and Irvine Housing AMST 101
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Maher, “Borders and Social Distinction in the Global Suburb” What is the thesis? Write it down… “Parts of Irvine still feel suburban, but its economy and social geography have been reshaped by transnational capital and a growing reliance upon transnational labor in the service economy. This economic structure has eroded historical, core-periphery patterns of racial and class
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Essay Sections 1 No Place Like Home: The local landscape of Irvine, California (background/context) 2 Talk of Crime and Physical Fortification (fear of LA encroachment) 3 Looking Exclusive: Gating and the Aesthetic of Prestige (social distinction— looking “classy”) 4 Social Regulation as a Means of Distinction (restricting Latina nannies in the community pool)
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Orange County, CA What do we know about it from our readings? Destination for “white flight” and racially restrictive housing (Kurashige) What new information does Maher provide about OC?
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