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The Folklore of the Freeway: Race and Revolt in the Modernist City

Eric Avila


The Folklore of the Freeway provides an alternative history of highway construction in urban America, emphasizing the cultural politics of fighting freeways in the inner city. Using the methods of ethnic studies, cultural studies, and urban history, this book offers a revisionist history of the freeway revolt in urban America, that moment when neighborhood activists organized against state highway builders to defend the integrity of their communities. While historical accounts of the freeway revolt emphasize successful forms of grassroots mobilization within predominantly white, middle-class u ... More

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

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780816680726
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816680726.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eric Avila, author
Professor of History, Chicano Studies, & Urban Planning, University of California, Los Angeles