No Sundown: Surveillance, Non-Consent and the Value Extraction of Racial Capitalism

Authors: Rachael Baker*, Urban Praxis Workshop
Topics: Urban Geography, Social Theory
Keywords: Residential surveillance, racial capitlaism, build code
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/10/2021
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:15 AM
Room: Virtual 22
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Through an analysis of the city’s premier public-private-community surveillance partnership ‘Project Greenlight, and the enforcement of the citywide rental ordinance, this paper will demonstrate the invasive carceral appendages present in a Detroit’s housing market, defined by a decade of declines in ownership through foreclosures and an increasingly white homeowner population in one of the nation’s Blackest cities. Examining the pervasiveness of carceral logics, policies, and physical infrastructures in housing is revealing of how contemporary mechanisms of coloniality become embedded within the material and spaces of our everyday necessities. What is important to draw from such examinations are the critically essential opportunities for intervention against carceral design that implicates housing, to approach the carcerality of housing as part of the larger work of abolition, and to lay groundwork in praxis and theory to ensure we (tenants) don’t allow ourselves to lose one another by defining and creating a future without landlord-state-police collusion.

No Sundown: Surveillance, Non-Consent and the Value Extraction of Racial Capitalism

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