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Central City's Joy and Pain: Solidarity, Survival, and Soul in a Birmingham Housing Project (Paperback)

Central City's Joy and Pain: Solidarity, Survival, and Soul in a Birmingham Housing Project By Jerome E. Morris Cover Image
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With Central City's Joy and Pain, Jerome E. Morris explores complex social issues through personal narrative. He does so by blending social-science research with his own memoir of life in Birmingham, Alabama. As someone who lived in the Central City housing project for two transitional decades (1968-91) and whose family continued to reside there until 1999, when the city razed the community, the author provides us with the often unexplored bottom-up perspective on Black public-housing residents' experiences.

As Morris's experiential and authoritative narrative voice unfolds in the pages of Central City's Joy and Pain, both the scholarly and lay reader are brought on a journey of what life is like for people who live and die at the intersection of race and poverty in a rapidly evolving southern urban center. The setting of a historic public-housing community provides a rich canvas on which to paint a world through the author's personal experience of growing up there--and his later observations as a researcher and academic.

Through its syncopation of personal stories and scholarly research, Central City's Joy and Pain captures what it means to be Black, poor, and full of dreams. In this setting, dreams are realized by some and swallowed up for others in the larger historical, social, economic, and political context of African Americans' experiences during and after the civil rights movement.

About the Author

JEROME E. MORRIS is the E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor of Urban Education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He is the author of Troubling the Waters: Fulfilling the Promise of Quality Public Schooling for Black Children. An award-winning researcher, Morris has published extensively in leading research journals such as the American Educational Research Journal, Teachers College Record, Educational Researcher, Review of Research in Education, Anthropology and Education Quarterly, Educational Policy, Urban Education, and Kappan.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780820365756
ISBN-10: 0820365750
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication Date: January 15th, 2024
Pages: 264
Language: English