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Conjuring Crisis: Racism and Civil Rights in a Southern Military City (Hardback)
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Conjuring Crisis: Racism and Civil Rights in a Southern Military City (Hardback)

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Hardback 210 Pages / Published: 30/07/2010
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How have civil rights transformed racial politics in America? Connecting economic and social reforms to racial and class inequality, Conjuring Crisis counters the myth of steady race progress by analyzing how the federal government and local politicians have sometimes "reformed" politics in ways that have amplified racism in the post civil-rights era. In the 1990s at Fort Bragg and Fayetteville, North Carolina, the city's dominant political coalition of white civic and business leaders had lost control of the city council. Amid accusations of racism in the police department, two white council members joined black colleagues in support of the NAACP's demand for an investigation. George Baca's ethnographic research reveals how residents and politicians transformed an ordinary conflict into a "crisis" that raised the spectre of chaos and disaster. He explores new territory by focusing on the broader intersection of militarisation, urban politics, and civil rights.

Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 9780813547510
Number of pages: 210
Weight: 450 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm


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""Conjuring Crisis" is a gem. It takes us into the social drama around federal funding and racism at the twin communities of Fort Bragg and Fayetteville--giving us a rich exploration of the contradictions of 21st century America. George Baca teaches us about post-segregation racism, and also about the unusual role played by the military in and around southern cities."--Vijay Prashad"author of The Darker Nations: A People's History of the Third World" (02/09/2010)
"This nuanced, carefully researched ethnography offers a sobering critique of civil rights reforms in Fayetteville. An important and troubling work."--Katherine McCaffrey"Associate Professor of Anthropology, Montclair State University" (07/08/2009)
"This book is an impressive and significant contribution to the ongoing debate over how and why race matters in urban politics. Baca provides an extremely intriguing study of how racial hysteria follows a tradition of cultivating and mobilizing white racial anxiety that extends back to the era of slavery."--John Hartigan"Professor of Anthropology, University of Texas" (05/26/2009)

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