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Neighborhood and Private Property Rights in Clybourne Park

  • 인문논총
  • 2018, 46(), pp.5-26
  • DOI : 10.33638/JHS.46.1
  • Publisher : Institute for Human studies, Kyungnam University
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Received : May 2, 2018
  • Accepted : June 5, 2018
  • Published : June 30, 2018

Jeongsub Nam 1

1영남대학교

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ABSTRACT

This paper examines a neoliberal standpoint in Bruce Norris’s Clybourne Park, a re-imagination of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, from which he argues that white residents have the right to keep their own neighbors and their home prices as they want, and their rights should be respected. The arguments of Karl Lindner, who represents the white residents in Clybourne Park, a white suburban neighborhood, are compared with the claims of other characters in order to analyze the issues of private ownership, neighborhood, urban gentrification, and race in a historical and economic context. First, this paper investigates what is not clearly reflected on the mirror as the first and second acts of the play mirror each other, and then discuss the issue of private property rights in connection with discussions on the Stand Your Ground law. Second, this paper discusses the racial prejudice against African Americans’ move-in as the cause of the economic downfall of a suburban neighborhood. In addition, the historical context in which state-sponsored mortgage loans were scarcely provided to black citizens is examined. On this basis, it can be argued that Bruce Norris made an intentional mistake of treating Clybourne Park as an inner suburb near the city center rather than a suburban residential area. Finally, it can be concluded that to consider a black couple’s opposition to an attempt by a white couple to gentrify a black neighborhood as an example of reverse racism will result in obscuring the structural inequalities.

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