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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 insiders view 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 on the lived experiences of black youth who have had it all: huge student debt, invisible homelessness, custodial sentences, electronic tagging, surveillance, arrest, police brutality, 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 inner-city life across the globe and considers how young black lives are affected by racism, capitalism and austerity.
"Joy’s deep dive into the history of Newham is strengthened through the level of care given to telling the stories of its people. To read Terraformed is to understand the past and present of Black people in Britain, defined by one borough."
"Joy White’s radical contextualisation of the hyper-local makes painfully perfect sense of everyday inequalities."
Professor Jo Littler, author of Against Meritocracy