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Featured Book Review(s)

Schleier, M. ed. (2021) Race and the suburbs in American film Albany: State UNiversity of New York Press. Reviewed by David J. Edelman.


Past Book Reviews

Adams, C.T. (2014) .From the Outside In: Suburban Elites, Third Sector Organizations, and the Reshaping of Philadelphia. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.  Reviewed by Robert Mark Silverman.


Authoritarian cities go global, dual review of:

     Globalized Authoritarianism: Megaprojects, Slums, and Class Relations in Urban Morocco by Koenraad Bogaert, Minneapolis, USA:     

     University of Minnesota Press, 2018, pp.384, Hbk. $112.00; Pbk. $28.00, ISBN: 9781452956701

     The Geopolitics of Spectacle: Space, Synecdoche, and the New Capitals of Asia by Natalie Koch, Ithaca, USA: Cornell University Press, 

     2018, pp.210, Hbk. $45; ISBN: 9781501720918. 


     Reviewed by Andrew Grant  


Balko, R. (2014).Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces. New York: Public Affairs. Reviewed by Diane Goldstein. 


Batty, M. (2018) Inventing Future Cities Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. Reviewed by Lisa Keller.


Bennett, M and Zirin, D. (2018). Things that make white people uncomfortable. Chicago: Haymarket Books. Reviewed by Justin Tinsley.

Benson, R. (2013). Shaping Immigration News: A French-American Comparison. New York: Cambridge University Press. Reviewed by Sandhyra Rao. 


Bertaud, A. (2018). Order without Design: How Markets Shape Cities. Cambridge: The MIT Press. Review essay by Wendell Cox.

Besbris, M. (2020) Upsold: Real estate agents, prices, and neighborhood inequality Chicago, University of Chicago Press. Reviewed by David Varady.


Biehler, D.D. (2013) Pests in the City: Flies, Bedbugs, Cockroaches, and Rats. Seattle: University of Washington Press. Reviewed by Thomas Harvey.


Bonner, R. (2012). Anatomy of injustice: A murder case gone wrong. New York: Alfred Knopf. Reviewed by Jenny Bourne.


Bray, M. (2017). ANTIFA: The Anti-Fascist Handbook, Brooklyn, New York, Melville House Publishing. 


Brenman, M. and Sanchez, T.W. (2012). Planning as if people matter: Governing for social equity. Washington, DC: Island Press. Reviewed by Kara S. Luckey.


Brown, M.J. (2006). Building powerful community organizations: A personal guide to creating groups that can solve problems and change the world. Arlington, Massachusetts, Long Haul Press, Reviewed by Scott Tate. 


Burayidi, M.A., ed. (2015) Cities and the Politics of Difference: Multiculturalism and Diversity in Urban Planning. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. Reviewed by Molly Ranahan.

Cazenave, Noel A. 2011. The Urban Racial State: Managing Race Relations in American Cities. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield. Reviewed by Gregory D. Squires. 


Cohen, L. (2019). Saving America's Cities: Ed Logue and the Struggle to Renew Urban America in the Suburban Age New York: Picador. Reviewed by Kim Phillips-Fein.


Clerge, O. (2019) The New Noir: Race, Identity, and Diaspora in Black Suburbia,Berkeley, University of California Press. Reviewed by Mary Pattillo

Cowen, S. (2014). The Inevitable City: The Resurgence of New Orleans and the Future of Urban America. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.Reviewed by Renia Ehrenfeucht.


Dauvergne, P. and LeBaron, G. (2014). Protest Inc.: The Corporatization of Activism Cambridge: Polity Press. Reviewed by Joan Roelofs. 


Denmead, T. (2019) The Creative Underclass: Youth, Race and the Gentrifying City London: Duke University Press. Reviewed by Frances Howard.


Dougherty, Conor (2019) Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in AmericaNew York: Penguin Press. Reviewed by Nicholas Cannariato.


Denmead, T. (2019) The creative underclass: Youth, race, and the gentrifying city Durham: Duke University Press. Reviewed by Evelyn Ravuri.


Desmond, M. (2016) Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City New York: Crown. Reviewed by Barbara Ehrenhreich


Documentary Film Review Essay: Films on GentrificationReviewed by MiriamGreenberg


Doering, J. (2020) Us versus them: Race, crime, and gentrification in Chicago neighborhoods, by Jan Doering New York: Oxford University Press. Reviewed by Federico Camerin.


Dual Review, Negotiating the Postindustrial City. Neumann, T. (2016). Remaking the Rust Belt: The Postindustrial Transformation of North America. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press. & Taft, C.E. (2016). From Steel to Slots: Casino Capitalism in the Postindustrial City. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University. Reviewed by Patrick Cooper-McCann. 


Ducre, K.A. (2017) A place we call home: Gender, race, and justice in Syracuse, Community Development, 48:1, 155-157, DOI:

10.1080/15575330.2016.1230306 Reviewed by Andrew Foell


Duneier, M. (2016). Ghetto: The Invention of a Place, the History of an Idea New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Reviewed by Daniel Geary.  


Eddo-Lodge, R. (2017). Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race. London: Bloomsbury Publishing. Reviewed by Colin Grant.  


Epstein, K.K. and Stringer, B. (2020) Changing Academia Forever Black Student Leaders Analyze the Movement They Led. Sterling, VA: Meyers Education Press. Reviewed by Gary Plair Cobb.


Fadaee, S (ed), 2016. Understanding Southern Social Movements, Abingdon: Tayor & Francis. ISBN: 9781138898004 (cloth); ISBN: 9781315708843 (ebook)


Finchelstein, F. (2017). From Fascism to Populism in History, Oakland, California, University of California Press.

Florida, R. (2017). The New Urban Crisis: How Our Cities Are Increasing Inequality, Deepening Segregation, and Failing the Middle Class — and What We Can Do About It. New York: Basic Books. Reviewed by Nicole Gelinas.


Friedman, A. (2017). Designing Sustainable Communities, New York: Bloomsbury. Reviewed by Vikas Mehta.


Gioielli, R. (2014) . Environmental Activism and the Urban Crisis Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.  Reviewed by Peter Harnik.


Goetz, E. (2013). New Deal Ruins: Race Economic Justice, and Public Housing Policy. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. Reviewed by Martine August.


Goldman, R. (2021) Renovating value: HGTV and the spectacle of gentrification Philadelphia: Temple University Press. Reviewed by Anthony J. Filipovitch


Gonzales, T.I. (2021) Building a better Chicago: Race and community resistance to urban redevelopment New York: NYU Press. Reviewed by Robert Mark Silverman.


Hanka, M.J. (2021) What is happening in your community?: Why community development matters, Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. Reviewed by Robert O. (Bob) Zdenek.


Hill. M.L. and Brewster, T. (2022) Seen and Unseen Technology, Social Media, and the Fight for Racial Justice New York, Atria Books. Reviewed by Charles Kaiser.


Hoover, E. (2017). The River Is in Us: Fighting Toxics in a Mohawk Community, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. Reviewed by Marcia Samuel W. Rosein PoLAR Online.


Jones, T. (2019) Ultra: The Underworld of Italian Football London: Head of Zeus. Reviewed by John Tomaney


Kaplan, D.H. (2018). Navigating ethnicity: Segregation, placemaking and difference. New York, NY: Rowman & Littlefield. Reviewed by Carlos Teixeira.


Keil, R. 2017. Suburban Planet: Making the World Urban from the Outside In. Jersey City, NJ: Wiley.Reviewed by Hui Jeong Ha.


Krumholz, N. and Hexter, K.W. (2018). Advancing Equity Planning Now. Ithaca, Cornell University Press. Reviewed by Robert Mark Silverman. 


Harris, D. (2013). Little White Houses: How the Postwar Home Constructed Race in America. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. Reviewed by Ursula Lang.


Hartmann, D. (2016). Midnight Basketball: Race, Sports, and Neoliberal Social Policy Chicago: University of Chicago Press: Chicago. Reviewed by David Leonard.


Hinton, E. (2016) From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime Cambridge: Harvard University Press. Reviewed in The Guardian


Howard, E. (2013). Homeless: Poverty and Place in Urban America Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. Reviewed by Chunhui Ren.  


Hultgren, J. (2015). Border Walls Gone Green: Nature and Anti-Immigration Politics in America. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, Reviewed by Sabrina Axster.  


Hutchison, R. and Haynes, B.D. (2012) The Ghetto: Contemporary Global Issues and Controversies. Boulder: Westview Press.. Reviewed by Paul Jargowsky  


Kaplan, E.B. (2013) We live in the shadow: Inner-city kids tell their stories through photographs. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.. Reviewed by D. Gavin Luter


Lacy, Karyn. Blue Chip Black: Race, Class, and Status in the New Black Middle Class. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. Reviewed by Maria Martinez-Cosio.  


Lara, J.L. (2018). Latino placemaking and planning: Cultural resilience and strategies for reurbanization, Tucson: Arizona University Press. Reviewed by Gerardo Francisco Sandoval.


Katan, R., Shiffman, R. (2014).Building together: Case studies in participatory planning and community building. New York: New Village Press. Reviewed by Smitha Gopalakrishnan.  


Klein, N. (2014) This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate. New York: Simon and Schuster. Reviewed by Matt Huber.


Krinsky, J. (2007). Free labor: Workfare and the contested language of neoliberalism, Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. Reviewed by Hao Zhang.


Lentin, A. and Titley, G. (2011). The crisis of multiculturalism: Racism in a neoliberal age. London: Zed Books. Reviewed by Arun Kundnani.


Lin, J.. (2011). The power of urban ethnic places: cultural heritage and community life,. New York: Rutledge. Reviewed by Maki Smith.


Lipman, P. (2011). The new political economy of urban education: Neoliberalism, race, and the right to the city. New York: Rutledge. Reviewed by Norman Eng.


Lipsitz, G. (2011). How racism takes place. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. Reviewed by Daniel Martinez Hosang.


Lorrain, D. Dominique Lorrain, Urbanism 1.0. Investigation into a commune of Greater Paris. Reviewed by Magda Maaoui. ORIGINAL FRENCH VERSION  

ENGLISH TRANSLATION (the English translation was done with Adobe PDF translation software and may diverge from the original text)


Martins, C.E. (2020) Dependency, Neoliberalism and Globalization in Latin America Chicago: Haymarket Books. Reviewed by Gabriel Esteban Merino


Maughan, T. (2019). Infinite Detail. New York: Macmillian. Reviewed by Lee Gardner.


Mallach, A. 2018. The Divided City: Poverty and Prosperity in Urban America. Washington, DC: Island Press. Reviewed by Jason Segedy.  


Martins, C.E. (2020). Dependency, Neoliberalism and Globalization in Latin America Leiden/Boston: Brill. Reviewed by Gabriel Esteban Merino.


Massey, D.S., Albright, L., Casciano, R., Derickson, E. and Kinsey, D.N. (2013). Climbing Mount Laurel: The struggle for affordable housing and social mobility in an American suburb. Princeton: Princeton University Press. Reviewed by Robert Mark Silverman.


Martinez-Cosio, M. and Rabinowitz-Bussell, M. (2013). Catalysts for Change: Twenty-first Century Philanthropy and Community Development. New York: Routledge. Reviewed by Elizabeth Mueller.

Meyer, D.S. and Tarrow, S. eds. (2018). The Resistance: The Dawn of the Anti-Trump Opposition Movement. New York: Oxford University Press. Review essay by Theda Skocpol.

Minchin, Timothy J. and John A. Salmond. 2011. After the Dream: Black and White Southerners since 1965. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky. Reviewed by David Hamilton Golland.


Moskowitz, P. (2017). How to Kill a City: Gentrification, Inequality, and the Fight for the Neighborhood. New York, NY: Nation Books. Reviewed by Wei Zhai.


Moskowitz, P. (2017). How to kill a city. New York: Nation Books, Reviewed by Dennis E. Gale.


Nicholls, W. (2019). The immigrant rights movement: The battle over national citizenship Palo Alto: Stanford University Press. Reviewed by Kevin Lee.


Nickels, A. (2019). Power, participation, and protest in Flint, Michigan: Unpacking the policy paradox of municipal takeovers, Philadelphia, Temple University Press. Reviewed by David Fasenfest. 

Tan, E., Barton, A. C., Turner, E., & Gutiérrez, M. V. (2012). Empowering science and mathematics education in urban schools. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Reviewed by Boni Hamilton.

Taylor, K.Y. (2019). Race for Profit How Banks & the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. Reviewed by Marcia Chatelain in The Nation.


Mudde, C. (2017) The Populist Radical Right: A Reader, New York: Routledge. Reviewed by Andrew Reid


Nawratek, K. (ed.). (2017) Urban Re-Industrialization.  Punctum Books. Reviewed by Frederik Weissenborn. 


NEIGHBORHOOD, FESTIVAL, AND ETHNOGRAPHY: THE AFRICAN DIASPORA IN THE AMERICAS. Inside El Barrio: A Bottom-Up View of Neighborhood Life in Castro's Cuba. Henry Louis Taylor, Jr. Sterling, VA: Kumarian Press, 2009. xviii +217 pp. (Cloth US$72.00; Paper US$26.50); Kings for Three Days: The Play of Race and Gender in an Afro-Ecuadorian Festival. Jean Muteba Rahier. Interpretations of Culture in the Millennium Series [No. 8]. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2013. xiii + 201 pp. (Cloth US$95.00; Paper US$27.00); The Cooking of History: How Not to Study AfroCuban Religion. Stephan Palmie. Chicago, IL, and London, UK: The University of Chicago Press, 2013. xii + 360 pp. (Cloth US$85.00; Paper US $27.50; EBook US$7.00-27.50). Reviewed by Jualynne E. Dodson

New York Review of Books. (2015) 'Soda Politics' and 'Saving Gotham'  by Mark Schatzker.


NY Times Movie Review of You've Been Trumped  


Nicol, H.N. (2015) The Fence and the Bridge: Geopolitics and Identity Along the Canada-US Border. Wilfrid Laurier Press. reviewed by Iván Farías Pelcastre .


Norman, J.R.. (2013). SMALL CITIES USA: GROWTH, DIVERSITY AND INEQUALITY. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press. Reviewed by Evelyn M. Perry.  

Panitch, L. and Gindin S. (2012). The making of global capitalism: The political economy of American empire. New York: Verso. Reviewed by Jeb Sprague. 


Park, R. and Burgess. (2019). The City (with a new forward by Robert J. Sampson)Chicago: University of Chicago Press). Reviewed by Andrew Karvonen.


Parolek, D. (2020) Missing middle housing: Thinking big and building small to respond to today's housing crisis Washington, DC: Island Press. Reviewed by Hayden Shelby.


Peake, L. and Rieker, M., eds., 2013. London: Routledge. Rethinking Feminist Interventions Into the UrbanReviewed by Daphne Spain


Pierce, J.L. (2012). Racing for Innocence: Whiteness, Gender, and the Backlash Against Affirmative Action. Stanford: Stanford University Press. Reviewed by Matthew W. Hughey. 

Pucher, J. and Buehler, R. (2012). City Cycling Cambridge: MIT Press, Reviewed by Camden Miller. 

Rast, J. (2019) The origins of the dual city: housing, race & redevelopment in twentieth-century Chicago Chicago, University of Chicago Press. Reviewed by Robert Mark Silverman

Roberts-DeGennaro, M., and Fogel, S. J., Eds. 2011. Using Evidence to Inform Practice for Community and Organizational Change. Chicago, IL: Lyceum Books. Reviewed by Michael G. Bass and Edward Potts.

Schafran, A. (2018). The road to resegregation: Northern California and the failure of politics Oakland: University of California Press. Reviewed by Charles F. Casey-Leininger .
Schleier, M. ed. (2021) Race and the suburbs in American film Albany: State UNiversity of New York Press. Reviewed by David J. Edelman.

Sellers, J.M., Kübler, D., Walter-Rogg, M. and Walks, R.A. eds. (2013). The Political Ecology of the Metropolis: Metropolitan Sources of Electoral Behaviour in Eleven Countries, Colchester, UK: ECPR Press. 534pp. $73.56, Hardback ISBN: 978-1-907301-37-7 / Paperback ISBN: 978-1-907301-44-5. Reviewed by Austin Mitchell, University at Buffalo.


Sherman. R. (2017) Uneasy Street: The Anxieties of Affluence Princeton: Princeton University Press. Reviewed by Jonathan Yong Tienxhi.


Silva, L. ed. (2021) The Black Race by Ho Chi Minh and selected works on systemic racism Toronto: New Vietnam Publishing. Reviewed by Joe Pateman


Silverman, R.M. and Patterson, K.L., eds. (2011). Fair and Affordable Housing in the US: Trends, Outcomes, Future Directions. Leiden: Brill. Reviewed by Deirdre Oakley.


Silverman, R.M., Patterson, K.L., Yin, L., Ranahan, M. and Wu, L. (2016). Affordable housing in shrinking cities. From neighborhoods of despair to neighborhoods of opportunity?Bristol: Policy Press. Reviewed by Magda Maaoui.

Simpson, A.T. (2019). The medical metropolis: Health care and economic transformation in Pittsburgh and Houston Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. Reviewed by Kerrin C. Wolf.


Sonnie, A. and Tracy, J. (2011) Hillbilly nationalists, urban race rebels, and black power: Community organizing in radical times. . Brooklyn: Melville House. 200 pp. $16.95 (paperback). Reviewed by Yasmin Nair  


Smith, C. (2021) How the Word Is Passed. New York: Little, Brown and Company. Reviewed by Marcus L. Smith.


Smith, J. (2014) Ferguson in Black and White, Amazon Kindle Single. Radley Balko, R. (2013) Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces, New York, NY: Perseus Books. Reviewed by David P. Karas.

Stern, R.A.M., Fishman, D., Tilove, J. (2013).  Paradise Planned: The Garden Suburb and the Modern City. New York: The Monacelli Press . Reviewed by Katrin Anacker. 


Stokols, D. (2018). Social Ecology in the Digital Age: Solving Complex Problems in a Globalized World Academic Press, Reviewed by Diana Hummel. 


Stone, C.N. and Stoker, R.P. (2015). Urban Neighborhoods in a New Era: Revitalization Politics in the Postindustrial City. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Reviewed by Nicholas A. Belongie.


Straus, E.E. (2014) Death of a Suburban Dream: Race and Schools in Compton, California  by Dennis J Downey.


Thorpe, C. (2016). Necroculture. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan US. Reviewed by Shawn Van Valkenburgh.

Toews, O. (2018). Stolen city: Racial capitalism and the making of Winnipeg. Winnipeg: ARP Books. Reviewed by Emily Leedham

Trounstine, J. (2018) Segregation by Design: Local Politics and Inequality in American Cities, New York: Cambridge University Press. Reviewed by Brian Knudsen.

Vale, L.J., ed. (2013). Purging the Poorest, Public Housing and the Design Politics of Twice-Cleared Communities Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Reviewed by Jeff Crump.  


Various (2015) The 2015 Baltimore Uprising A Teen Epistolary  (ISBN:9781939202208) by Brandon Soderberg.  


Wallace-Wells, D. (2019). The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming. New York, Penguin Books. Reviewed by Fred Pearce. 


Weaver, R., Bagchi-Sen, S., Knight, J. and Frazier, A.E. (2017). Shrinking cities: Understanding urban decline in the United States. New York: Rutledge. Reviewed by Maxwell Hartt.


Weber, R. (2016). From Boom to Bubble: How Finance Built the New Chicago, Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. Reviewed by John Tomaney.


Wilson, B.M. (2019) America's Johannesburg: Industrialization and racial transformation in Birmingham Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press. Reviewed by Henry Louis Taylor. 


Winnubst, S. (2015). Way Too Cool: Selling Out Race & Ethics. New York, NY: Columbia University Press. Reviewed by Sarah Cribbs.


Woldoff, R. A., Morrison, L.M. and Glass, M.R. (2016). Priced out: Stuyvesant town and the loss of middle-class neighborhoods. . New York: New York University Press. Reviewed by Nadia A. Mian.


Wray, I. (2019) No little plans: How government built America's wealth and infrastructure, New York: Routledge. Reviewed by John Walls.


Zozula, C. (2019) Courting the community: Legitimacy and punishment in a community courtPhiladelphia, Temple University Press. Reviewed by Luther Krueger


Zuboff, S. (2018) The age of surveillance capitalism: The fight for a human future at the new frontier of power New York: Public Affairs. Reviewed by Antonio Ferreira


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