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Murphy, Alexandra K.

Works: 2 works in 9 publications in 1 language and 92 library holdings
Roles: Editor, Author
Classifications: HT151, 307.76
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Most widely held works by Alexandra K Murphy
The urban ethnography reader by Mitchell Duneier( Book )

8 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book assembles the very best of American ethnographic writing, from classic works to contemporary research, and aims to present ethnography as social science, social history, and literature alongside its traditional place as methodology. In addition to an original introduction that highlights the importance and development of the field, Kasinitz, Duneier, and Murphy also provide introductions to each section of the book. The section introductions will cover the period's historical events and how they influenced the study of the city, the major themes and preoccupations of ethnography, what was happening in the social sciences as a whole, and how the excerpts chosen fit into the larger work in which they were originally published. A valuable companion to a wide range of courses on cities across the social sciences, this book captures the diversity, the historical development, and the continuing importance of the ethnographic approach to understanding American communities
The social organization of black suburban poverty: An ethnographic community study by Alexandra K Murphy( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

As of the year 2000 the suburbs became home to the greatest share of the American poor. This marks a historical shift in the geography of U.S. poverty. To date, little is known about who the suburban poor are, what their lives are like, or the context in which they live. This ethnographic community study examines the everyday lives of the black suburban poor and the organizational and political life of the community that structures the suburban poor experience. Drawing on over three years of fieldwork conducted while living in Penn Hills, a Pittsburgh suburb experiencing rising poverty, I find that there are many features of a bedroom suburb that make it a fundamentally different place for the poor to live than most poor, black urban neighborhoods. Despite these neighborhood differences, however, daily life and the social situation of the suburban poor are more similar to the urban poor than different. This is because, I show, in suburbs like Penn Hills there are a set of mechanisms at work that reinforce and reproduce similar dynamics that structure the isolation, precariousness, stigmatization, and marginalization poor people and poor neighborhoods experience in cities. These mechanisms include the built environment, public transportation, the structure of neighborhood organization, the existing structure of local networks, the dearth of antipoverty organizations, and connections suburban institutions have to metropolitan-wide antipoverty apparatuses. These mechanisms operate within what I call an "ecology of scarcity." In this context, the capital that once built suburbs like Penn Hills is gone, replaced with limited individual and community resources at the same time that suburban need and decline is increased. I use six different examples, taken from different levels of the community, to illustrate how these suburban mechanisms unfold within this ecology of suburban scarcity in ways that reproduce the dispossession of the black poor in this new place
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Alternative Names
Murphy, Alexandra.