A Nation of Neighborhoods: Imagining Cities, Communities, by Benjamin Looker PDF

By Benjamin Looker

ISBN-10: 022607398X

ISBN-13: 9780226073989

ISBN-10: 022629031X

ISBN-13: 9780226290317

Despite the pundits who've written its epitaph and the latter-day refugees who've fled its confines for the half-acre suburban property, town local has persevered as an idea crucial to American tradition. In A country of Neighborhoods, Benjamin Looker provides us with the town local as either an unending challenge and a possibility.

Looker investigates the cultural, social, and political complexities of the assumption of “neighborhood” in postwar the USA and the way americans grappled with monstrous adjustments of their city areas from global warfare II to the Reagan period. within the face of city decline, competing visions of town neighborhood’s importance and function grew to become proxies for broader debates over the that means and boundaries of yankee democracy. by way of learning the best way those contests spread out throughout a startling number of genres—Broadway indicates, radio performs, city ethnographies, actual property files, or even children’s programming—Looker exhibits that the local excellent has functioned as a valuable symbolic web site for advancing and debating theories approximately American nationwide identification and democratic practice.

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