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Author Harris, LaShawn, 1974- author.

Title Sex workers, psychics, and numbers runners : Black women in New York City's underground economy / LaShawn Harris.

Publication Info. Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2016]

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Description 1 online resource (ix, 260 pages)
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Series The new Black studies series
New Black studies series.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Black women, urban labor, and New York's informal economy -- Madame queen of policy: Stephanie St. Clair, Harlem's numbers racket, and community advocacy -- Black women supernatural consultants, numbers gambling, and public outcries against supernaturalism -- 'I have my own room on 139th street": black women and the urban sex economy -- "Decent and god-fearing men and women' are restricted to these districts": community activism against urban vice and informal labor.
Summary "During the early twentieth century, a diverse group of African American women carved out unique niches for themselves within New York City's expansive informal economy. LaShawn Harris illuminates the labor patterns and economic activity of three perennials within this kaleidoscope of underground industry: sex work, numbers running for gambling enterprises, and the supernatural consulting business. Mining police and prison records, newspaper accounts, and period literature, Harris teases out answers to essential questions about these women and their working lives. She also offers a surprising revelation, arguing that the burgeoning underground economy served as a catalyst in working-class black women (tm)s creation of the employment opportunities, occupational identities, and survival strategies that provided them with financial stability and a sense of labor autonomy and mobility. At the same time, urban black women, all striving for economic and social prospects and pleasures, experienced the conspicuous and hidden dangers associated with newfound labor opportunities."--Publisher description.
Language English.
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Subject African American women -- Employment -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 20th century.
Under-the-table employment -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 20th century.
Informal sector (Economics) -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 20th century.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Labor & Industrial Relations.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Prostitution & Sex Trade.
African American women -- Employment.
Informal sector (Economics)
Under-the-table employment.
New York (State) -- New York.
Chronological Term 1900-1999
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Harris, LaShawn, 1974- Sex workers, psychics, and numbers runners. Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2016] 9780252040207 (DLC) 2015041914 (OCoLC)934382661
ISBN 9780252098420 (electronic book)
0252098420 (electronic book)
9780252040207 (hardcover alkaline paper)
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