“There are so few current works on small black-identified communities that Polanco’s book is welcome reading for those of us who study such locales. The work is timely and should garner greater attention in anthropology.”
"Polanco delivers a powerful ethnography of community life among residents living in rural African American historic district in Central Virginia. . . . The text touches on many social aspects of community, and readers will feel as though they are part of the conversation as they read residents' narrative histories."
"This book provides a fine historically informed ethnography of Union, Virginia, and it also gives readers indispensable conceptual tools to better understand 'communities' in a non-essentialist way, both in terms of ongoing processes, and as products of specific histories that have unfolded in contexts always structured racially and spatially."
—Jean Muteba Rahier, Director of African & African Diaspora Studies, Florida International University
"Mieka Polanco makes clearer the complexities of the past and the present through the articulation of various interest groups’ stances. She adeptly draws from anthropology’s intellectual geneaology to reposition simplistic notions of history-making and uncovers the cartographies of one community in ways that eloquently raise questions about race, space, histories and the business of making historically designated communities."
—Dana Davis, Queens College, City University of New York
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