Making the San Fernando Valley : Rural landscapes, urban development, and white privilege
, paysage urbain, environnement urbain, nature dans la ville, périphéries, périurbain, banlieue, aménagement urbain, ruralité, inégalité, race, San Fernando Valley, Vallée de San Fernando, Los Angeles, Barraclough Laura R.
Environment and race at the intersection of city, suburb, and country.
Abstract from the publisher :
The Valley’s entwined history of urban development and rural preservation has real ramifications today for patterns of racial and class inequality and especially for the evolving meaning of whiteness. Immersing herself in meetings of homeowners’ associations, equestrian organizations, and redistricting committees, Barraclough uncovers the racial biases embedded in rhetoric about “open space” and “western heritage.” The Valley’s urban cowboys enjoy exclusive, semirural landscapes alongside the opportunities afforded by one of the world’s largest cities. Despite this enviable position, they have at their disposal powerful articulations of both white victimization and, with little contradiction, color-blind politics.