On this episode, we speak with Dr. Sabiyha Prince, a cultural anthropologist and independent scholar who resides in the Baltimore/Washington metro area. Dr. Prince discusses her work on the phenomenon of urban gentrification in Washington DC and Harlem, NY and the lives of African Americans who confront and construct this process of restructuring. Dr. Prince’s new book, African Americans and Gentrification in Washington, D.C., sheds light on social hierarchies and standpoints unfolding over time and emerges as a portrait of a heterogeneous African American population wherein members define their identity and culture as a people informed with the knowledge of injustice’s impact on the urban landscape. This book presents oral history and ethnographic data on current and former, African American residents of D.C. Combining these findings with analyses from institutional, statistical, and scholarly reports on wealth inequality, shortages in affordable housing, and rates of unemployment, Prince contends that gentrification seizes upon and fosters uneven development, vulnerability and alienation and contributes to classed and racialized tensions in affected communities.
As usual the show features a dose of action news updates from around the world with a focus on the March 15th International Day of Action against Police (Brutality). The show also showcases Baltimore feminist punk band War on Women, a member of which, Shawna Field, recently was interviewed on HPH for her work with anti-street harrassment group