A Nation of Neighborhoods: Imagining Cities, Communities, by Benjamin Looker

By Benjamin Looker

Despite the pundits who've written its epitaph and the latter-day refugees who've fled its confines for the half-acre suburban property, the town local has persisted as an idea valuable to American tradition. In A kingdom of Neighborhoods, Benjamin Looker provides us with the town local as either an unending challenge and a possibility.

Looker investigates the cultural, social, and political complexities of the assumption of “neighborhood” in postwar the United States and the way american citizens grappled with immense alterations of their city areas from international warfare II to the Reagan period. within the face of city decline, competing visions of the town neighborhood’s importance and objective turned proxies for broader debates over the which means and boundaries of yank democracy. via learning the best way those contests spread out throughout a startling number of genres—Broadway exhibits, radio performs, city ethnographies, genuine property files, or even children’s programming—Looker indicates that the local perfect has functioned as a imperative symbolic web site for advancing and debating theories approximately American nationwide identification and democratic practice.

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