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The Bonds of Inequality: Debt and the Making of the American City

Destin Jenkins


Indebtedness, like inequality, has become a ubiquitous condition in the United States. Yet few have probed American cities’ dependency on municipal debt, and how the terms of municipal finance structures racial privileges, entrenches spatial neglect, elides democratic input, and distributes wealth and power. In this deeply researched book, we see in vivid detail how beyond the borrowing decisions of American cities and beneath its quotidian infrastructure lurked a world of politics and finance that is rarely seen let alone understood. Focusing on San Francisco, Destin Jenkins offers a singular ... More

Keywords: debt, infrastructure, finance, capitalism, racism, democracy, urban politics, African Americans, welfare

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780226721545
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226721682.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Destin Jenkins, author
University of Chicago

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