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The Tragicomic Televisual Ghetto: Popular Representations of Race and Space at Chicago’s Cabrini-Green

  • Author(s): Godlewski, Joseph
  • et al.

The production of cultural perceptions in mass media is linked to the project of urban renewal and institutionalized racism. Popular television shows like Good Times, so infused with progressive ideals and issues of social relevance, were able to convey a normative view of “the projects” as an inherently failed space. This article presents a history of cultural translation and racial relations against a backdrop of American housing policy in the post-war era.


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