How are black lives lived in the contemporary city?
In Terraformed: Young Black Lives in the Inner City
(Repeater Books, 2020), Dr. Joy White
, a sociologist and ethnographer based in London, explores the case study of Newham in East London to illustrate issues of privatisation, gentrification, policing, and racial discrimination.
In doing so, the book highlights how specific cultures and musical scenes have flourished and developed, even as corporate power aims to regenerate away these vital elements of local life. The ethnography and analysis of power offers important lessons for towns and cities in the UK and beyond, connecting global trends and theoretical insights to specific local case studies.
In our current context the book is essential reading across the humanities and social sciences, as well as for anyone interested in urban life.