Free the Beaches! Andrew Kahrl on the History of Segregation by the Seashore

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We hope you’re tanned, rested, and ready, because we’re going to the beach!  There is a lot of mind-rattling SACRPH content coming your way.   You can’t escape the danger.

We recorded a ton of interviews at last Fall’s meeting of the Society of American City and Regional Planning History in Cleveland, Ohio.  We conducted most of them in a busy publishing hall, thinking it would create a certain sense of ambience.  In some cases, it just resulted in a noisy recording.  We did our best trying to clean them up, but we will be rolling out a series of interviews with scholars such as Todd Michney and Carola Hein.

This episode features a really great (intellectually, if not aurally) discussion with UVA professor Andrew Kahrl, about the politics of race, class, and inequality in American waters.  As we have discussed previously on Tropics of Meta, there is something about sharing a liquid space, whether a public pool, lake, or ocean, that triggers deep and abiding anxieties about bodily contact.  Kahrl explore all this and more in our talk at SACRPH.  The true planning nerds will cut through the static like so much hot butter.

The SACRPH Series: Andrew Kahrl on the History of Beaches and Segregation

Author: Alex Sayf Cummings

Alex Sayf Cummings is an associate professor of history at Georgia State University, whose work deals with technology, law, public policy, and the political culture of the modern United States. Alex's writing has appeared in Salon, the Brooklyn Rail, the Journal of American History, the Journal of Urban History, Al Jazeera, and Southern Cultures, among other publications, and the book Democracy of Sound was published by Oxford University Press in 2013 (paperback, 2017). Alex can be followed on Twitter at @akbarjenkins.

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