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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. ©2015
Series: Historical studies of urban America.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : 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. Looker investigates the cultural, social, and political complexities of the  Read more...
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Looker, Benjamin, 1978-
Nation of neighborhoods.
Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2015
(DLC) 2015008524
(OCoLC)902656833
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Benjamin Looker
ISBN: 9780226290454 022629045X
OCLC Number: 922581741
Description: 1 online resource (432 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Introduction --
Part I: Neighborhood Visions from Popular Front to Populist Memory --
1. Microcosms of Democracy: Depicting the City Neighborhood in Wartime America --
2. Communities under Glass: The Neighborhood Unit Plan and Postwar Privatization --
3. The Specter of Blight: The Neighborhood under Siege --
4. Routes of Escape: Cold War Individualism and Community Ties --
Part II: The Urban Crisis and the Meanings of City Community --
5. A Place Apart: The "New Ghetto" and the "Old Neighborhood" --
6. Brilliant Corners: Representing the Inner City, from Outside and from Within --
7. Peaceful Kingdoms: The Great Society Neighborhood in Stories for Children --
Part III: Defining Urban Pluralism in the Age of the Neighborhoods Movement --
8. Elementary Republics and Little Platoons: The Neighborhood Self-Government Movement --
9. "A Theology of Neighborhood": Post-Vatican II Catholicism, Ethnic Revival, and City Space --
10. Neighborhood Feminisms: Refiguring Gender in the Urban Village --
11. Local Spaces and White House Races: Urban Communities and Presidential Politics --
Epilogue --
Acknowledgments --
Notes --
Index.
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. Looker investigates the cultural, social, and political complexities of the idea of "neighborhood" in postwar America and how Americans grappled with vast changes in their urban spaces from World War II to the Reagan era. In the face of urban decline, competing visions of the city neighborhood's significance and purpose became proxies for broader debates over the meaning and limits of American democracy. By studying the way these contests unfolded across a startling variety of genres--Broadway shows, radio plays, urban ethnographies, real estate documents, and even children's programming--Looker shows that the neighborhood ideal has functioned as a central symbolic site for advancing and debating theories about American national identity and democratic practice.

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