Dark Agoras

insurgent black social life and the politics of urban space

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My work historicizes multiple modes of insurgent spatial assemblage from within which urban black communities articulated distinctive and often disparaged forms of spatial knowledge. In examining various forms of black social gathering as well as the contours of illicit or discredited spaces that served as their material basis, I chart the myriad ways black city-dwellers theorized and constituted an alternative rubric for inhabiting, examining, traversing, and critiquing the city, or black urbanism. Black urbanism describes a heterodox vision for urban social life and futurity that has continued to shape Philadelphia’s land politics to the present.

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