"A strength of the book is a good number of concrete accounts of how the local politics of urban development is consistently and strategically anchored in the ideologies and rhetoric of race."
"Race and the Politics of Deception is a classic study which painstakingly details cities development and demise alongside their being inextricably tied to race and space. Mele's relational approach outlining contemporary urban social life--deindustrialization, globalization, and continued structural inequality--adds to the social history of cities and the structural inequality plaguing American cities and their residents. A great read!"
—Marlese Durr, co-editor of Race, Work, and Family in the Lives of African Americans
“A warning to all who think they fully understand the forces that created white suburbs and poor inner cities – you do not, and you need to read this book! It makes a compelling argument, backed up with detailed data, on how the politicians, business leaders, and developers in a typical American city manipulated race to their own ends—namely profit, not redevelopment. This book is a fascinating and often disturbing look at how racial inequality shapes urban America.”
—Nancy Denton, co-author of American Apartheid: Segregation and the Making of the Underclass
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