The Corner Liquor Store: Rethinking Toxicity in the Black Metropolis

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Liquor stores have been repeatedly shown to be disproportionately prevalent in Black neighborhoods and therefore constitute a disproportionate health risk. This paper examines the ways in which liquor stores jeopardize Black lives through social and material conditions that are broader than health risk. Embodying and perpetuating dysfunctional markets, liquor stores relegate Black consumers to an overabundance of inexpensive and potent alcoholic beverages sold from heavily securitized storefronts and provoke conflicted and oppositional relationships. Liquor stores exist in a state of antibiosis with Black communities, an antagonistic relationship in which liquor stores gain but communities are adversely affected.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)307-323
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Medical Humanities
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Health Policy


  • African American/black
  • Inequality
  • Liquor/alcohol
  • Neighborhoods
  • Stores


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