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Spatializing Blackness: Architectures of Confinement and Black Masculinity in Chicago

Rashad Shabazz


Over 277,000 African Americans migrated to Chicago between 1900 and 1940, an influx unsurpassed in any other northern city. From the start, carceral powers literally and figuratively created a prison-like environment to contain these African Americans within the so-called Black Belt on the city's South Side. A geographic study of race and gender, this book casts light upon the ubiquitous—and ordinary—ways carceral power functions in places where African Americans live. Moving from the kitchenette to the prison cell, and mining forgotten facts from sources as diverse as maps and memoirs, the bo ... More

Keywords: policing, African Americans, confinement, race, gender, surveillance, urban planning, incarceration, mobility, freedom

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780252039645
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252039645.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rashad Shabazz, author
Arizona State University