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47th Annual Conference | April 19 – 22, 2017 | Minneapolis, MN USA | Hyatt Regency Minneapolis Hotel | #UAA2017 | urbanaffairsassociation.org | urbanaffairsassociation.org/conference/

Paper Presenters - Submit your paper to your panel’s moderator by April 3, 2017

Thursday, April 20 • 10:50am - 12:15pm
TH10.50.14 The Enduring Significance of Race in Urban Policy

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Race is frequently framed as a background factor, added complication, or parallel process in the urban policy literature –if it is mentioned at all. Housing foreclosures may affect Latinos in Phoenix more often, or poverty in Chicago may affect African American youth more frequently, for example, but the causal role of racism and racialization is often downplayed. These are class problems, so the tendency goes; race is a mere variable (if it is invoked at all). This panel features an eclectic set of papers that foreground the role of race in the construction, analysis, and resolution of urban problems. The topics of the session are varied—from ethno-racial multi-generational household differences, to African American tenant activism in Atlanta, to the role of race in the production of land abandonment in Rust Belt cities. Theoretical perspectives are similarly varied, ranging from group threat approaches, to critical race theory, to urban political economy. The common thread is the centering and theorizing of race in the study of urban policy, with the goal of creating more inclusive and critical urban theories and analyses.

Race and the Production of Extreme Land Abandonment in the American Rust Belt
Jason Hackworth, Case Western Reserve University

The Role of Race and Ethnicity in Seniors’ Economic Outcomes in Multigenerational Households
Deirdre Pfeiffer, Arizona State Unviversity

Comparing Black Tenant Activism In and Out of Atlanta's Public Housing Developments 
Akira Rodriguez, Unviersity of Pennsylvania School of Design


Thursday April 20, 2017 10:50am - 12:15pm
Greenway Ballroom-I (2nd Floor)