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The "New" New York: Race, Space, and Power in Gentrifying Brooklyn

Boston, Amanda (2023) The "New" New York: Race, Space, and Power in Gentrifying Brooklyn. In: Pitt Momentum Fund 2023.

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How has the meaning of race been transformed in the urban landscape? What structures and ideologies shape Black urban communities? What survival strategies have Black communities developed to navigate urban life? My book answers these questions in the context of gentrification in Brooklyn, New York. I focus on the borough’s nearly 730,000 Black residents, who comprise the demographic and political center of Black life in New York City. I link histories of race and structural racism in Brooklyn and the rise of neoliberalism and colorblind racial ideology to vulnerabilities of Black residents of gentrifying neighborhoods. Whereas gentrification formerly took shape as a return to conditions suited to middle-class desires, I argue that current modes erase rather than restore old histories. Through analysis of gentrification’s specific consequences for Black Brooklynites, I also argue it relies on the language and ideology of multiculturalism to further obscure the communities and cultural memories it erases. This grant would provide support as I travel and conduct research in Brooklyn and hire research assistants and a manuscript editor. It would also support digitization and technical assistance for an accompanying digital humanities project that would preserve Brooklyn’s rich Black histories and make them accessible to the public.


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CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Boston, AmandaAMB610@pitt.edu0000-0002-5100-2562
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Office of Sponsored Research > Pitt Momentum Fund
Date: 2023
Event Title: Pitt Momentum Fund 2023
Event Type: Other
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.18117/awpc-m276
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Africana Studies
Refereed: No
Uncontrolled Keywords: Priming Grants - Social Sciences, which includes Business, Policy, Law, Education, Informatics, and Social Work
Other ID: 6179
Additional Information: Poster to be added by March 1, 2023.
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2023 21:50
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2023 17:10


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