"Race Brokers: Housing Markets and Segregation in 21st Century Urban America" examines how racial inequality is intentionally reproduced in the housing market by a wide range of actors. Learn more and order a copy of the book here.
About "Race Brokers"
In "Race Brokers," Elizabeth Korver-Glenn examines how housing market professionals — including housing developers, real estate agents, mortgage lenders, and appraisers — construct contemporary urban housing markets in ways that contribute to neighborhood inequality and racial segregation. Drawing on extensive ethnographic and interview data collected in Houston, Texas, Korver-Glenn shows how these professionals, especially those who are White, use racist tools to build a fundamentally unequal housing market and are even encouraged to apply racist ideas to market activity and interactions. Korver-Glenn further tracks how professionals broker racism across the entirety of the housing exchange process — from the home's construction, to real estate brokerage, mortgage lending, home appraisals, and the home sale closing.
About Elizabeth Korver-Glenn
Elizabeth Korver-Glenn is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of New Mexico. Her award-winning research has been published in American Sociological Review, Social Problems, Social Currents, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, and City & Community, among other peer-reviewed outlets. Her work has also been featured in national news outlets, including The Washington Post.
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