Marginality in the Urban Center: The Costs and Challenges of Continued Whiteness in the Americas and Beyond

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Peary Brug, Zachary S. Ritter, Kenneth R. Roth
Springer, Dec 22, 2018 - Social Science - 308 pages
This book examines the increasing marginalization of and response by people living in urban areas throughout the Western Hemisphere, and both the local and global implications of continued colonial racial hierarchies and the often-dire consequences they have for people perceived as different. However, in the aftermath of recent U.S. elections, whiteness also seems to embody strictures on religion, ethnicity, country of origin, and almost any other personal characteristic deemed suspect at the moment. For that reason, gender, race, and even class, collectively, may not be sufficient units of analysis to study the marginalizing mechanisms of the urban center. The authors interrogate the social and institutional structures that facilitate the disenfranchisement or downward trajectory of groups, and their potential or subsequent lack of access to mainstream rewards. The book also seeks to highlight examples where marginalized groups have found ways to assert their equality. No recent texts have attempted to connect the mechanisms of marginality across geographical and political boundaries within the Western Hemisphere.

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Peary Brug is Programme Director for Psychology at St. Mary's University, Twickenham, London, UK.
Zachary S. Ritter, PhD, conducted research on Asian international students' experiences with cross-racial interaction. He was most recently Interim Associate Dean of Institutional Diversity, at Harvey Mudd College, where he helped lead equity-centered workshops. At University of Redlands, he taught Social Justice History, Qualitative Methods, and helped create a healthy masculinity program called DUDES. At UCLA, he taught Intergroup Dialogue courses on race and socio-economic status and participated in NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish partnership.
Kenneth R. Roth, Research Associate, The CHOICES Project, University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Roth is a journalist and award-winning documentary filmmaker, and focuses his research on media representations and ways personal decisions may influence education and employment choices.