Contested images of race and place: The politics of housing discrimination

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Enacting public policies to address racial inequality is notoriously difficult.This is especially true in the case of housing discrimination. Such proposals prompt resistance from the real estate and finance industries, as they threaten to upset housing patterns. By extending government's reach into the private sphere of family home and neighborhood, they also have attracted opposition from white people. Respondents interviewed as part of this research recognize that housing issues raise value conflicts, involve powerful industry and constituency interests and, thus, create dilemmas for political actors. According to one state legislator, "Housing is the most visceral issue in American politics. Particularly when the issue of race becomes involved, there's nothing that even approaches it.".

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDeserving and Entitled
Subtitle of host publicationSocial Constructions and Public Policy
PublisherState University of New York Press
Number of pages27
ISBN (Print)0791463419, 9780791463413
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences(all)

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Sidney, M. (2005). Contested images of race and place: The politics of housing discrimination. In Deserving and Entitled: Social Constructions and Public Policy (pp. 111-137). State University of New York Press.