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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 insiders view of Forest Gate - an urban neighborhood in London - analyzing how these issues affect the Black youth of today. Connecting the dots between music, politics and the built environment, it centers 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 as an example of inner-city life across the globe and considers how Young black lives are affected by racism, capitalism, and austerity.

©2020 Joy White (P)2020 Repeater Books

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  • 02-08-21

Social commentary about the ills of neoliberalism and British Empire

Amazing social commentary from both a micro and macro perspective about the reality of life for minorities and the reason society is how it is. After all, the situation we are in didn’t happen due to “market forces” or white people naturally being superior, it happened through direct institutional policies that trickle down.