Aswad, Barbara C.. The southeast Dearborn Arab community struggles for survival against urban “renewal”

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Title: The southeast Dearborn Arab community struggles for survival against urban “renewal”

Published in: Arabic speaking communities in American cities, edited by Barbara C. Aswad

Published By: Arabic speaking communities in American cities, edited by Barbara C. Aswad Staten Island, N.Y.: Center for Migration Studies of New York, 1974. 53-83 p.

By line: Barbara C. Aswad

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 1999. Computer File

Culture: Arab Americans (NK09)

Subjects: Interviewing in research (124); External migration (167); Environmental quality (318); Settlement patterns (361); Housing (362); Community structure (621); Cities (633); Litigation (691); Ethnosociology (829);

Abstract: In this essay, which deals with the Arab-American community of Southend in Dearborn, Michigan, we see an example of the abuses of “urban renewal”. In this case it has attempted to destroy a primary community of low and middle-income laborers. Aswad concludes “the community has been characterized by overlapping social, economic and psychological relations. The people identify strongly with the community and most do not want to leave it or see its destruction, they would like to see it renewed. The pressures of the city are forcing division as well as new community reorganization. The groups that will benefit from the community’s destruction are big business and the more affluent Dearborn residents” (pp. 78-79). The author believes that this is a clear case of class dominance and exploitation and seems to reflect strong overtones of ethnic discrimination. The political dialogue between the city and the community over this issue eventually resulted in a class action lawsuit filed against the city by the community.

Document Number: 22

Document ID: nk09-022

Document Type: essay

Language: English

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 80-83)

Field Date: 1970s

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: John Beierle; 1998

Coverage Date: ca. 1920s - 1970s

Coverage Place: Southend area, Dearborn, Michigan, United States

LCSH: Arab Americans

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