Kinder Institute for Urban Research presents Urban Reads: Elizabeth Korver-Glenn
Kinder Institute for Urban Research will present Elizabeth Korver-Glenn, who will discuss her book, Race Brokers: Housing Markets and Segregation in 21st Century Urban America.
The book 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, 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.