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Book Reviews

This area of the Cyberhood includes book reviews that may be of interest to scholars, students, and practitioners working in communities of color and poor central city neighborhoods.

 

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Featured Book Review(s)

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.

 

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.

 

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

 

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

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Carrington, A.M. (2016). Speculative Blackness: The Future of Race in Science Fiction, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, Reviewed by Caitlin Gunn.  

 

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

 

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. 

 

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

 

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. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Reviewed by Jerry Brotton.

 

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


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.

 

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.

 

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

 

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.   


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.  

 

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.


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.


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.

 

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

 

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. 

 

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. 


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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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, 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. 

 

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.

 

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.  

 

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

 

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.

 


 


 

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