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Volume 95, Issue 4
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Life inside Chicago’s “Beltway”
In Working-Class Heroes: Protecting Homes, Community, and Nation in a Chicago Neighborhood (University of California Press) Maria Kefalas, AM’95, PhD’98, paints a cultural landscape of race relations in the Southwest Side neighborhood she calls “Beltway,” one of the last remaining footholds for Chicago’s white working class.

"Working-class homeowners find that their financial circumstances have become inextricably linked to their neighborhood’s future. For many residents, living in one of the brick bungalows makes it possible to afford other luxuries like private school for the kids, a cabin by a lake, an RV, or possibly occasional vacations to Las Vegas and Disneyworld. A move to the suburbs means giving up the little extras."



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