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

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

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

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Arabic speaking communities in American cities, edited by Barbara C. Aswad

Published By: Original publisher 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: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Barbara C. Aswad

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 1999. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Arab Americans (NK09)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF 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: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document 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 that '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 divisions as well as a 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: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 22

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. nk09-022

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Essay

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 80-83)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1970s

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Ethnologist-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. John Beierle ; 1998

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). ca. 1920s - 1970s

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Southend area, Dearborn, Michigan, United States

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Arab Americans


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