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List of Illustrations ix Acknowledgments xi PART ONE 1 Chapter One: Introduction 3 Chapter Two: Making Community 20 Chapter Three: The Movement 55 Chapter Four: The State and the War on Politics 85 PART TWO 107 Chapter Five: Race and the Politics of Place 109 Chapter Six: A Piece of the Rock 139 PART THREE 179 Chapter Seven: Up Against the Authority 181 Chapter Eight: The Politics of Hearing and Telling 218 Chapter Nine: Conclusion 248 Notes 253 References Cited 267 Index 279

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Gregory's great insight is to focus on the ways in which the dynamics of class and race inform the actual patterns of daily struggle in real communities. Black Corona represents a significant contribution to the study of contemporary black urban life. -- Manning Marable, Professor of History and Director, Institute for Research in African-American Studies, Columbia University

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Steven Gregory is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Africana Studies at New York University.


Winner of the 1998 Anthony Leeds Prize, Society for Urban Anthropology "Gregory employs the discipline of anthropology to penetrate the many myths and cliches that obscure the dynamics of black life in an urban community. Corona is the perfect subject for his investigation... Black Corona is ideal for the community organizer, neighborhood historian, or academic... [A] well-researched and beautifully written study."--Bill Batson, New York Amsterdam News "Gregory gives an up-close look at community organization in a black middle-class community that defies stereotypes by outsiders about urban pathology and the disorganization and chaos that are supposed to exist in black neighborhoods."--Booklist "[Gregory] investigates class within race, race within place, and place within politics... [He] makes important points about the structuring of black identities in reaction to racial, class, and gender hierarchies..."--Mary Pattillo-McCoy, American Journal of Sociology "Gregory's analysis of race, ethnic, and class contacts and cooperation is clear and well written... [A] welcome addition to the sparse ethnographic literature on middle-class African America."--Choice "While asserting that race and economics are important elements in the mix that creates and perpetuates poor communities, [Gregory] believes poverty at root is a political problem regardless of race. A well-documented analysis that counters prevailing views..."--Library Journal An excellent case study and microanalysis of a single community. It is a well written and documented confutation of black stereotypes and their communities... A classic piece of urban anthropology."--Wilbur C. Rich, Isis

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