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Title HOPE VI: A Racial Project for a Colorblind Society
Publication Date
Degree MA
Discipline/Department Sociology
Degree Level thesis
University/Publisher University of New Orleans
Abstract Being a low-income person of color trying to survive in a society that subscribes to a colorblind ideology can be more than difficult, it can be impossible. This thesis seeks to examine the racial implications of the racial project of HOPE VI. To demonstrate that impact, I perform a Critical Discourse Analysis on the "The Final Report of the National Commission on Severely Distressed Public Housing: A Report to the Congress and the Secretary of housing and Urban Development" and the United States Housing Act of 1937 as it was amended by the "Quality Housing and Work Responsibility Act of 1998." I plan to demonstrate how removing race and racism from the national conversation only aids in furthering racial discrimination and inequality.
Subjects/Keywords race; neoliberalism; colorblindness; HOPE VI; racial formation; racial projects
Contributors Luft, Rachel E.; Jenkins, Pamela J.; Laska, Shirley
Country of Publication us
Record ID oai:scholarworks.uno.edu:td-1983
Repository uno
Date Retrieved
Date Indexed 2019-06-04
Created Date 2009-12-20 08:00:00
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