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Identity Politics in Post-Interstate America

Identity Politics in Post-Interstate America

(p.181) Conclusion Identity Politics in Post-Interstate America
The Folklore of the Freeway
Eric Avila
University of Minnesota Press

The conclusion summarizes the main themes and argument of the book, arguing for the inculcation of cultural analysis within the broader history of modernization in the postwar American city. It emphasizes the unexpected and unintended consequences of highway construction in urban America, and how it helped to sharpen local articulations of racial identity and difference.

Keywords:   Interdisciplinary comparative analysis, Urban highway construction, Freeway revolt, Cultural expression, Racial identity and conflict, Postwar America, Race, Class, Marginalization, Infrastructure

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