Glossary Terms Sign-Up: Post-Midterm


Indicate in the comments section with terms you’d like to be responsible for defining.  Reminder, you may only choose 3.  Please check the comments to see which terms have been claimed already.

In your glossary entries, the more information you include, the more helpful it will be for you and your fellow students (and the more credit you will receive).

For example:

Assets are things that an individual owns that hold financial value for them and contribute to one’s overall wealth/net worth.  Assets may include savings accounts, checking accounts, stocks, bonds, annuities, family heirlooms, cars, home (if owned), etc.  For many American households, an owned home represents the most significant asset contributing to their wealth.

Though you may refer to the readings and/or other sources (online perhaps), your entries should be in your own words, and terms should be defined in ways that are relevant to course work.  In addition, you may include a passage from one of our texts that helps to contextualize the term, and/or you may link to other videos, images, etc that will help you and other students learn/remember the term.

  • Residential Segregation
  • Overt vs. Institutional vs. De Jure Segregation (Give examples of each)
  • Civil Rights Movement (Shavell)
  • Fair Housing Act, 1968
  • Theories of Post-Civil Rights Racial Segregation: Economic differences at fault
  • Theories of Post-Civil Rights Racial Segregation: Self/Cultural Segregation
  • Theories of Post-Civil Rights Racial Segregation: Active but subtle racial discrimination persists
  • Non-enforcement of Fair Housing Act (Why did the Fair Housing ultimately not lead to residential integration?)
  • Racial Steering (Berina)
  • Discrimination with a smile
  • Unofficial ‘redlining’ (by banks and insurance companies)
  • Reverse redlining (Kristin)
  • Sub-prime mortgages
  • Consequences of residential segregation (What consequences does residential segregation have for one’s life chances? Explain?)
  • Affordable housing crisis
  • Affordable housing vs. Rent-burden housing vs. Severe Rent-burden housing
  • Public housing and the (De)Concentration of Poverty (Mention Urban Renewal, Public Housing and HOPE VI)
  • NYCHA (Kristin)
  • Rent Stabilization and Rent Control
  • (Mandatory) Inclusionary Zoning
  • Relationship between homelessness and housing affordability
  • Zoning for Quality and Affordability
  • Community Land Trust
  • (De)Commodification of housing
  • City as a growth machine
  • Land speculation
  • Gentrification (Tayeb)
  • Upscaling of neighborhood (examples required)
  • Displacement of community (example required)
  • (Re)branding of neighborhood (example required)
  • Tenant Harrassment (example required)
  • Public Space (Shavell)
  • Privatization of Public Space (example required)
  • Militarization of Public Space (example required)
  • Fortress Architecture
  • Mass Incarceration
  • Black Codes (Shavell)
  • Jim Crow (Hanjung)
  • Law and Order and Tough on Crime Movement
  • Southern Strategy
  • Broken Windows Policing (Berina)
  • 13th Amendment (Andrea)
  • 14th Amendment (Andrea)
  • 15th Amendment (Andrea)
  • War on Drugs (and its relation to Tough on Crime movement)
  • Clinton’s Crime Bill of 1994
  • Mandatory Sentencing
  • Criminalization of Poverty
  • Disproportionate Impact
  • Racial Profiling (Tayeb)
  • Selective Prosecution
  • Unfair Sentencing guidelines
  • School-to-Prison Pipeline (Hanjung)
  • Stop and Frisk (Tayeb)
  • Secondary and Tertiary effects of contact with law enforcement
  • Racial Democracy
  • Prison Industrial Complex (Hanjung)
  • Guest worker Programs
  • Secure Communities
  • SB 1070
  • IIRIRA (In addition to the other provisions of this policy, highlight the “bed mandate” and its implications)
  • IRCA (Kristin)
  • Border Patrol Check-points
  • Immigration Detention (Also explain the overlap with Mass Incarceration)
  • Immigration as Labor Debate (What is the relationship between immigration and labor?)
  • “Crim-migration”

More coming in the next two weeks…



  1. SB 1070 – U.S. federal law requires all aliens over the age of 14 who remain in the United States for longer than 30 days to register with the U.S. government, and to have registration documents in their possession at all times. Violation of this requirement is a federal misdemeanor crime.

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