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A nation of neighborhoods : imagining cities, communities, and democracy in postwar America

Author: Benjamin Looker
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, [2015]
Series: Historical studies of urban America.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Despite the pundits who have written its epitaph and the latter-day refugees who have fled its confines for the half-acre suburban estate, the city neighborhood has endured as an idea central to American culture. In A Nation of Neighborhoods, Benjamin Looker presents us with the city neighborhood as both an endless problem and a possibility.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Benjamin Looker
ISBN: 9780226073989 022607398X 9780226290317 022629031X
OCLC Number: 902656833
Description: 432 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Microcosms of democracy: depicting the city neighborhood in wartime America --
Communities under glass: the neighborhood unit plan and postwar privatization --
The specter of blight: the neighborhood under siege --
Routes of escape: Cold War individualism and community ties --
A place apart: the "new ghetto" and "old neighborhood" --
Brilliant corners: representing the inner city, from outside and from within --
Peaceable kingdoms: the Great Society neighborhood in stories for children --
Elementary republics and little platoons: the neighborhood self-government movement --
"A theology of neighborhood": post-Vatican II Catholicism, ethnic revival, and city space --
Neighborhood feminisms: refiguring gender in the urban village --
Local spaces and White House races: urban communities and presidential politics.
Series Title: Historical studies of urban America.
Responsibility: Benjamin Looker.

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Despite the pundits who have written its epitaph and the latter-day refugees who have fled its confines for the half-acre suburban estate, the city neighborhood has endured as an idea central to American culture. In A Nation of Neighborhoods, Benjamin Looker presents us with the city neighborhood as both an endless problem and a possibility.

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