[URBANTH-L]WWW: Demonizing the Inner City - Ideology and the
JerryKrase at aol.com
JerryKrase at aol.com
Sat Feb 10 10:56:37 EST 2007
Stephen: Thanks. I took a look and will use the video in my "Visual
Sociology of Urban Neighborhoods" classes at Brooklyn College. Remind me to put the
$15 Czech in the male. As you show/ speak the phenomenon (stigmatizing and
demonizing the poor; and its correlates the anti-urban bias and racism) long
predates the 1980s and even the 1880s. To add to your archive of materials; when
I was doing community organizing in the late 60s and through the 70s I
employed a visual strategy which can be found in my NYU dissertation "The
Presentation of Community in Urban Society" (1973) from which a book Self and
Community in the City (1982 which is on line at:
(http://www.brooklynsoc.org/PLG/selfandcommunity/index.html) ) and two foundational articles were generated.
"Reactions to the Stigmata of Inner City Living." Journal of Sociology and
So­cial Welfare." Vol. IV, No. 7 (September) 1977: 997‑1011.;
"Stigmatized Places‑Stigmatized People: Crown Heights and Prospect‑Lefferts‑
Gardens." in Rita Seiden Miller (eds.) Brooklyn U.S.A.: The Fourth Largest
City in America. New York: Brooklyn College and Columbia University Press,
1979: 251‑62.; and
"Community in the Inner City as a Moral Problem." Humanity and Society. Vol.
3, No. 1 (February). 1979: 35‑52.
The most recent incarnation of the logic which we share can be found in
“The Visual Presentation of Community: What Does Community Look Like?” in
Senses of Place: Urban Narratives as Public Secrets, edited by Robert Chapman,
Pace University Institute for Environmental and Regional Studies (PIERS),
Volume 4, 2005: 151-75.
As someone who spent the first 9 years of my life in The Red Hook Houses
(low-income housing project) and then in a neighborhood outsiders defined as a
growing slum (Prospect Heights, Bedford/Stuyvesant) because it was being
"invaded" by African-Americans, I always apprecaite those who recognize the
powerful stigma of place as well as race in American and many other societies. The
irony today is that Red Hook, Prospect Heights and Bed-Stuy are "threatened"
by invading hordes of yuppies. A kind of visual circuit of capital. As you
might imagine I have done some visual work on this flip side as well: "Poland
and Polonia: Gentrification as ethnic aesthetic practice and migratory
process." In Gentrification in Global Perspective, edited by Rowland Atkinson and
Gary Bridges. London: Routledge, 2005: 185-208.
I will cut and paste and send you message to the International Visual
sociology list serve as well as my Community and Urban Sociology Section of the
American Sociological Association. I doubt whether Rudy will be using it in his
hopefully ill-fated run to replace W.
All the best, Jerry
Jerome Krase, Ph.D.
Emeritus and Murray Koppelman Professor
The City University of New York
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