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The Street: A Photographic Field Guide to American Inequality
edited by Naa Oyo A. Kwate
contributions by Mindy Fullilove, Jay Allen Pearson, Jacqueline Olvera, Jacob Sterling Rugh, Kellee White, Anthony S Alvarez, Stacey Sutton, LeConté J Dill, Zaire Z Dinzey-Flores, Janice Johnson Dias, Craig B Futterman, Chaclyn Hunt, Jamie Kalven, Norman W Garrick and Alecia J McGregor
photographs by Camilo José Vergara
foreword by Darnell L Moore
Rutgers University Press, 2021
Cloth: 978-1-9788-0451-7 | eISBN: 978-1-9788-1422-6 | Paper: 978-1-9788-0450-0
Library of Congress Classification HM821.S755 2021
Dewey Decimal Classification 305

Vacant lots. Historic buildings overgrown with weeds. Walls and alleyways covered with graffiti. These are sights associated with countless inner-city neighborhoods in America, and yet many viewers have trouble getting beyond the surface of such images, whether they are denigrating them as signs of a dangerous ghetto or romanticizing them as traits of a beautiful ruined landscape. The Street: A Field Guide to Inequality provides readers with the critical tools they need to go beyond such superficial interpretations of urban decay. 
Using MacArthur fellow Camilo José Vergara’s intimate street photographs of Camden, New Jersey as reference points, the essays in this collection analyze these images within the context of troubled histories and misguided policies that have exacerbated racial and economic inequalities. Rather than blaming Camden’s residents for the blighted urban landscape, the multidisciplinary array of scholars contributing to this guide reveal the oppressive structures and institutional failures that have led the city to this condition. Tackling topics such as race and law enforcement, gentrification, food deserts, urban aesthetics, credit markets, health care, childcare, and schooling, the contributors challenge conventional thinking about what we should observe when looking at neighborhoods.
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