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by Joy White

Terraformed: Young Black Lives In The Inner City


In an uncompromising wake-up call, Joy White tells uncomfortable truths and blows apart our understanding of racism, crime and policing in our inner-cities.

Since the 1980s, austerity, gentrification and structural racism have wreaked havoc on inner-city communities, widening inequality and entrenching poverty.

In Terraformed, Joy White offers an uncompromising insiders look of Forest Gate - an urban neighbourhood in London - analysing how these issues affect the Black youth of today. Connecting the dots between music, politics and the built environment, it centres the lived experiences of Black youth who have had it all: huge student debt, invisible homelessness, custodial sentences, electronic tagging, surveillance, arrest, issues with health and well-being, and of course, loss.

Part ethnography, part memoir, Terraformed uses the history of Newham, London, as an example of how young Black lives in the inner cities of the world are affected by racism, capitalism and austerity.

Author: Joy White.

Format: paperback.