Urban Society: The Shame of Governance

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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.

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Robert Grantham and Levon Chorbajian are both professors of sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.

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We can leave the end of the urban debates to those who don t really care about city folk. For those who do care, cities remain vital institutions whose resources and policies determine the educational, economic, and political and social well-being of the residents. Who governs, how and why remain vital questions. Grantham and Chorbajian s book, Urban Society: The Shame of Governance, chronicles the big challenges facing today s American cities and offers insights into what we need to fix them. --Corey Dolgon, Director of Community-Based Learning and Professor of Sociology, Stonehill College, author of The End of the Hamptons: Scenes from the Class Struggle in America s Paradise

Grantham and Chorbajian provide a framework for this selection of readings that views urban development and inequality through the prism of power dynamics. The result is a hard-hitting, relentless critique of political and economic impacts on U.S. cities, placing the shame of governance at the center of urban studies. --Timothy Black, Professor of Sociology, University of Hartford, author of When a Heart Turns Rock Solid: The Lives of Three Puerto Rican Brothers On and Off the Streets

Grantham and Chorbajian provide a framework for this selection of readings that views urban development and inequality through the prism of power dynamics. The result is a hard-hitting, relentless critique of political and economic impacts on U.S. cities, placing the shame of governance at the center of urban studies. --Timothy Black, Professor of Sociology, University of Hartford, author of When a Heart Turns Rock Solid: The Lives of Three Puerto Rican Brothers On and Off the Streets

Grantham and Chorbajian provide a framework for this selection of readings that views urban development and inequality through the prism of power dynamics. The result is a hard-hitting, relentless critique of political and economic impacts on U.S. cities, placing the shame of governance at the center of urban studies. --Timothy Black, Professor of Sociology, University of Hartford, author of When a Heart Turns Rock Solid: The Lives of Three Puerto Rican Brothers On and Off the Streets

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