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Black in PlaceThe Spatial Aesthetics of Race in a Post-Chocolate City$
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Brandi Thompson Summers

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781469654010

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469654010.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Black Space Matters

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(p.1) Introduction
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Black in Place
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Brandi Thompson Summers

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469654010.003.0001

The introductory chapter introduces readers to black aesthetic emplacement, the book’s central theoretical claim about the value and representation of blackness in the contemporary urban landscape. The chapter further highlights a theoretical shift in African American, sociological, geographical, and visual studies of how blackness is thought and deployed—where blackness does not always signal abjection—to situate how blackness has contributed to the redevelopment of the H Street NE corridor. The remaining space of the chapter introduces additional key terms: gentrification, authenticity, neoliberalism, and diversity and situate the book within scholarly debates in geography, sociology and urban studies literature.

Keywords:   Blackness, Aesthetics, Neoliberalism, Gentrification, Diversity, Black geographies

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