Making The Unequal Metropolis: School Desegregation And Its Limits

Hardcover | April 1, 2016

byAnsley T. Erickson

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In a radically unequal United States, schools are often key sites in which injustice grows. Ansley T. Erickson’s Making the Unequal Metropolis presents a broad, detailed, and damning argument about the inextricable interrelatedness of school policies and the persistence of metropolitan-scale inequality. While many accounts of education in urban and metropolitan contexts describe schools as the victims of forces beyond their control, Erickson shows the many ways that schools have been intertwined with these forces and have in fact—via land-use decisions, curricula, and other tools—helped sustain inequality.

Taking Nashville as her focus, Erickson uncovers the hidden policy choices that have until now been missing from popular and legal narratives of inequality. In her account, inequality emerges not only from individual racism and white communities’ resistance to desegregation, but as the result of long-standing linkages between schooling, property markets, labor markets, and the pursuit of economic growth. By making visible the full scope of the forces invested in and reinforcing inequality, Erickson reveals the complex history of, and broad culpability for, ongoing struggles in our schools.

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In a radically unequal United States, schools are often key sites in which injustice grows. Ansley T. Erickson’s Making the Unequal Metropolis presents a broad, detailed, and damning argument about the inextricable interrelatedness of school policies and the persistence of metropolitan-scale inequality. While many accounts of education...

Ansley T. Erickson is assistant professor of history and education at Teachers College, Columbia University. She lives in New York.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.4 inPublished:April 1, 2016Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Introduction

Part I: Making Inequality, 1945–1968

1 / Metropolitan Visions of Segregation and Growth
2 / Desegregation from Tokenism to Moderation
3 / The Curricular Organization of Segregated Schooling
4 / The Spatial Organization of Schooling and Urban Renewal

Part II: Remaking Inequality, 1968–1998

5 / The Road to Busing
6 / Busing Resisted and Transformed
7 / Busing Lived and Imagined
8 / Busing Renegotiated
9 / The Long Road to the End of Desegregation

Conclusion
List of Oral History and Interview Participants
Notes
Index

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“This powerful history of four decades of school desegregation in Nashville demonstrates how federal and municipal policies consistently reproduced racial inequality across the metropolitan landscape and inside the classrooms of one of the nation’s most successful ‘statistically desegregated’ districts during the era of court-ordered busing. In Erickson’s sobering assessment, Nashville’s white leadership and educational system always favored economic growth over racial equality, white suburbs over urban neighborhoods, and market logics over democracy and full citizenship.”