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Race and the Spatial Boundaries of Respectability

in I've Got to Make My Livin'

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780226055985
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226056005 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226056005.003.0004
Race and the Spatial Boundaries of Respectability

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This chapter examines the racial and spatial boundaries of respectability in the context of the sex economy in Chicago. It suggests that the visibility of African American prostitutes generated complex reactions among uneasy white residents and respectable urbanizing blacks and that the African American prostitute's body represented the potential collapse of racial boundaries in and beyond the sex trade. This chapter also describes how working- and middle-class African Americans strived to imprint a moral geography on black city spaces.

Keywords: sex economy; racial boundaries; spatial boundaries; African American prostitutes; moral geography; black city spaces

Chapter.  13836 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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