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Race, Space, and Riots in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles

Janet L. Abu-Lughod


American society has been long plagued by cycles of racial violence, most dramatically in the 1960s when hundreds of ghetto uprisings erupted across American cities. Though the larger, underlying causes of contentious race relations have remained the same, the lethality, intensity, and outcomes of these urban rebellions have varied widely. What accounts for these differences? And what lessons can be learned that might reduce the destructive effects of riots and move race relations forward? This detailed study is the first attempt to compare six major race riots that occurred in the three large ... More

Keywords: American society, racial violence, 1960s, ghetto uprisings, race relations, race riots, race conflict, urban rebellions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195328752
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195328752.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Janet L. Abu-Lughod, author
Northwestern University