Diverging Space for Deviants

The Politics of Atlanta's Public Housing

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Pages: 268

Illustrations: 24 b&w images

Trim size: 6.000in x 9.000in



Pub Date: 05/15/2021

ISBN: 9-780-8203-5951-9

List Price: $114.95


Pub Date: 05/15/2021

ISBN: 9-780-8203-5952-6

List Price: $36.95

Diverging Space for Deviants

The Politics of Atlanta's Public Housing

How the availability of public housing has affected social justice initiatives in Atlanta

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This book explores the often-overlooked positive role of public housing in facilitating social movements and activism. Taking a political, social, and spatial perspective, the author offers Atlanta as a case study. Akira Drake Rodriguez shows that the decline in support for public housing, often touted as a positive (neoliberal) development, has negative consequences for social justice and nascent activism, especially among Black women. Urban revitalization policies target public housing residents by demolishing public housing towers and dispersing poor (Black) residents into new, deconcentrated spaces in the city via housing choice vouchers and other housing-based tools of economic and urban development.

Diverging Space for Deviants establishes alternative functions for public housing developments that would necessitate their existence in any city. In addition to providing affordable housing for low-income residents-a necessity as wealth inequality in cities increases-public housing developments function as a necessary political space in the city, one of the last remaining frontiers for citizens to engage in inclusive political activity and make claims on the changing face of the state.

Rodriguez's interrogation of Atlanta's public housing politics has implications for other U.S. regions. . . . Relevant not only to those studying housing but also Black politics, Black feminism, and Atlanta and other majority Black places.

—Michael Lens, Journal of the American Planning Association

About the Author/Editor

AKIRA DRAKE RODRIGUEZ is a joint lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania's Weitzman School of Design and Social of Social Policy and Practice. She received her PhD in planning and public policy from Rutgers University. She was born in Alexandria, VA, and grew up in Louisville, KY. She lives with her husband and son in Philadelphia, PA.