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People, plans, and policies : essays on poverty, racism, and other national urban problems

Author: Herbert J Gans
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press : Russell Sage Foundation, ©1993.
Series: Columbia history of urban life.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : [Pbk. ed.]View all editions and formats
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"The primary theme of this collection of essays is that the cities' basic problems are poverty and racism and until these concerns are addressed by bringing about racial equality, creating jobs, and instituting other reforms, the generally low quality of urban life will persist." "Gans argues that the individual must work to alter society. He believes that not only must parents have jobs to improve their children's  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Herbert J Gans
ISBN: 0231074034 9780231074032
OCLC Number: 30989774
Notes: Originally published by Columbia University Press in 1991.
Description: xx, 383 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Toward a Human Architecture: A Sociologist's View of the Profession --
2. The Potential Environment and the Effective Environment --
3. Urban Vitality and the Fallacy of Physical Determinism --
4. Urbanism and Suburbanism as Ways of Life: A Reevaluation of Definitions --
5. American Urban Theories and Urban Areas: Observations on Contemporary Ecological, Marxist, and Other Paradigms --
6. The Historical Comparison of Cities: Some Conceptual, Methodological, and Value Problems --
7. Robert Moses: The Master Broker --
8. City Planning in America, 1890-1968: A Sociological Analysis --
9. The Goal-Oriented Approach to Planning --
10. Planning, Social Planning, and Politics --
11. Social Science for Social Policy --
12. The Human Implications of Slum Clearance and Relocation --
13. From the Bulldozer to Homelessness --
14. The Role of Education in the Escape from Poverty --
15. Planning for a Labor-Intensive Economy --
16. The Thirty-Two Hour Work Week: An Analysis of Worksharing --
17. The Uses of Poverty --
18. Escaping from Poverty: A Comparison of the Immigrant and Black Experience --
19. The Black Family: Reflections on the "Moynihan Report" --
20. Culture and Class in the Study of Poverty: An Approach to Antipoverty Research --
21. The Dangers of the Underclass: Its Harmfulness as a Planning Concept.
Series Title: Columbia history of urban life.
Responsibility: Herbert J. Gans.

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A collection of essays which explores the problems of crime and racism in urban America. The author believes that the low quality of life for the poor in urban areas will persist until the issues of  Read more...

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