Structural Violence

The Making of Ferguson Richard Rothstein Fall 2014 The American Prospect magazine

“The Making of Ferguson: Long before the shooting of Michael Brown, official racial-isolation policies primed Ferguson for this summer’s events. In 1968, Larman Williams was one of the first African Americans to buy a home in the white suburb of Ferguson, Missouri. It wasn’t easy; when he first went to see the house, the real estate agent wouldn’t show it to him. Atypically, Williams belonged to a church with a white pastor, who contacted the agent on Williams’s behalf, only to be told that neighbors objected to sales to Negroes. But after the pastor then gathered the owner and his neighbors for a prayer meeting, the owner told the agent he was no longer opposed to a black buyer.”


Structural Racism & Community Building by The Aspen Institute Roundtable on Community Change June 2004

This publication is the result of collective learning by staff of the Aspen Institute Roundtable on Community Change and advisors to the Project on Structural Racism and Community Revitalization. The authors are Keith Lawrence, Stacey Sutton, Anne Kubisch, Gretchen Susi, and Karen Fulbright-Anderson. But the messages have been developed with the invaluable input of Lisette Lopez, Manning Marable, Khatib Waheed, Andrea Anderson, and J. Phillip Thompson.


Constructing Inequality: City Spaces and the Architecture of Citizenship Susan Bickford Political Theory, Vol. 28, No. 3 (Jun., 2000), pp. 355-376 Sage Publications, Inc.

This essay attempts to reconnect political theory to the study of cities by probing the link between built environment, public life, and democratic politics. By doing so, we can discern critical and troubling dynamics shaping contemporary democratic citizenship in this inegalitarian social context.


Mother Who Won’t Disappear Andrea Malin Human Rights Quarterly, Vol. 16, No. 1 (Feb., 1994) pp 187-213 The Johns Hopkins University Press

“Since the year that robbed Renee Epelbaum of everything she valued, telling her story has helped her in a very important way: It joined her with other mothers wandering through the same impenetrable maze of Argentina’s military regime-mothers with similar stories to tell. By sharing their tragedies with one another, they discovered they shared the same torment, the same fears. Together, their lives had been reduced into a single, desperate, resounding question: Where are our children? Together, their stories serve as an indelible, collective memory for a nation trying to forget”


 

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