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The Invention of a Place, the History of an Idea

By Mitchell Duneier
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Ghetto: The Invention of a Place, the History of an Idea by Mitchell Duneier

Ghetto (2016) traces the socio-ideological development of the word “ghetto” – particularly how it’s been applied to black neighborhoods in America – and takes an unflinching look at the complex ways in which race, prejudice, policy and sociology interact. When it comes to fighting for racial equality, there are no easy answers.

  • Activists and policy makers
  • Sociology and political science students
  • People interested in American studies

Mitchell Duneier is Maurice P. During Professor of Sociology at Princeton University. He also wrote the award-winning urban ethnographies Sidewalk and Slim’s Table.


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