Urban Society: The Shame of Governance
Robert Grantham and Levon Chorbajian, Editors
The University of Massachusetts, Lowell
2011 / ISBN: 978-1-59738-027-0
340 pages / paper / student price: $57.95
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Lopsided development, inconsistent criminal justice efforts, gentrification, privatization, and growing inequality are among the core topics examined in this cutting edge collection. Grantham and Chorbajian impressively balance power structure theorizing with incisive case histories to bring into the open the large scale changes in the U.S. that continue to dog inner city residents disproportionately.
Their approach and subject matter moves us past the glitz and glitter of downtown redevelopment to tell the stories of abandoned neighborhoods, dispossessed tenants, heightened segregation, and inept social institutions, all shaped in some fashion by complexities of governance and private interests.