Dark Ghettos: Injustice, Dissent, and Reform

2017.03.12 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Tommie Shelby, Dark Ghettos: Injustice, Dissent, and Reform, Harvard University Press, 2016, 340pp., $29.95 (hbk), ISBN
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2017.03.12 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Tommie Shelby, Dark Ghettos: Injustice, Dissent, and Reform, Harvard University Press, 2016, 340pp., $29.95 (hbk), ISBN 9780674970502. Reviewed by Lucius T. Outlaw, Jr., Vanderbilt University Tommie Shelby turns his attention to metropolitan neighborhoods throughout the United States of America, composed mostly of black people (hence "dark" ghettos), that are characterized by high rates of concentrated poverty, violence, racial segregation, street crime, joblessness, family instability, welfare receipt, drug abuse, teenage pregnancy, and school dropouts. It is in virtue of such features that these neighborhoods are stigmatized as "ghettos" (p. 1). The stigma is imposed on the residents, as well. Shelby's concern: how best to think philosophically about these neighborhoods and residents, not with regard to how best to ameliorate their unfairly conditioned lives, but to how it is that such life-affecting. . .

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