Dark Agoras: Insurgent Black Social Life and the Politics of Place
- Publish Date: 2022-09-19
In Dark Agoras, J.T. Roane, Andrew Mellon Chair and Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and Geography at Rutgers University, shows how working-class Black communities cultivated two interdependent modes of insurgent assembly—dark agoras—in twentieth century Philadelphia. He investigates the ways they transposed rural imaginaries about and practices of place as part of their spatial resistances and efforts to contour industrial neighborhoods. In acts that ranged from the mundane practices of refashioning intimate spaces to expressly confrontational and liberatory efforts to transform the city’s social and ecological arrangement, these communities challenged the imposition of Progressive and post-Progressive visions for urban order seeking to enclose or displace them.