Behind the White Picket Fence
Power and Privilege in a Multiethnic Neighborhood
UNC Press 2014
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Sarah Mayorga-Gallo is the author of Behind the White Picket Fence: Power and Privilege in a Multiethnic Neighborhood (UNC Press 2014). She is assistant professor of sociology at the University of Cincinnati. We are joined by a guest podcaster, Candis Watts Smith, assistant professor of political science at Williams College.
Behind the White Picket Fence makes a strong case that simple, statistical analyses of residential segregation may overlook more important dimensions of multiethnic neighborhood integration. Instead, Mayorga-Gallo presents a fascinating ethnography of a neighborhood in Durham, NC. She shows the various ways that different ethnic groups relate to the neighborhood, express social power, and benefit from privilege. Of particular interest is the role of the neighborhood association in the life of this neighborhood.