A Neighborhood Divided

Author: Jane Balin

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9781501720826

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

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When a nursing facility for AIDS patients is planned for a city neighborhood, residents might be expected to respond, "Not in my backyard." But, as Jane Balin recounts in A Neighborhood Divided, when that community is known for its racial and ethnic diversity and liberal attitudes, public reaction becomes less predictable and in many ways more important to comprehend. An ethnographer who spent two years talking with inhabitants of a progressive neighborhood facing this prospect, Jane Balin demonstrates that the controversy divided residents in surprising ways. She discovered that those most strongly opposed to the facility lived furthest away, that families with young children were evenly represented in the two camps, and that African Americans followed a Jewish community leader in opposing the home while dismissing their own minister's support of it. By viewing each side sympathetically and allowing participants to express their true feelings about AIDS, the author invites readers to recognize their own anxieties over this sensitive issue. Balin's insightful work stresses the importance of uncovering the ideologies and fears of middle-class Americans in order to understand the range of responses that AIDS has provoked in our society. Its ethnographic approach expands the parameters of NIMBY research, offering a clearer picture of the multi-faceted anxieties that drive responses to AIDS at both the local and national levels.
The Neighborhood as a Social and Spatial Unit in Mesoamerican Cities

Author: M. Charlotte Arnauld

Publisher: University of Arizona Press

ISBN: 9780816520244

Category: Social Science

Page: 357

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Recent realizations that prehispanic cities in Mesoamerica were fundamentally different from western cities of the same period have led to increasing examination of the neighborhood as an intermediate unit at the heart of prehispanic urbanization. This book addresses the subject of neighborhoods in archaeology as analytical units between households and whole settlements. The contributions gathered here provide fieldwork data to document the existence of sociopolitically distinct neighborhoods within ancient Mesoamerican settlements, building upon recent advances in multi-scale archaeological studies of these communities. Chapters illustrate the cultural variation across Mesoamerica, including data and interpretations on several different cities with a thematic focus on regional contrasts. This topic is relatively new and complex, and this book is a strong contribution for three interwoven reasons. First, the long history of research on the ÒTeotihuacan barriosÓ is scrutinized and withstands the test of new evidence and comparison with other Mesoamerican cities. Second, Maya studies of dense settlement patterns are now mature enough to provide substantial case studies. Third, theoretical investigation of ancient urbanization all over the world is now more complex and open than it was before, giving relevance to Mesoamerican perspectives on ancient and modern societies in time and space. This volume will be of interest not only to scholars and student specialists of the Mesoamerican past but also to social scientists and urbanists looking to contrast ancient cultures worldwide.
Neighborhood Politics

Author: Larry Bennett

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135596897

Category: Political Science

Page: 219

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First Published in 1997. This book is the outcome of a small project that grew and grew. In the fall of 1990 the Chicago-based Policy Research Action Group (PRAG) commissioned the author to do a study of the Uptown area, to which he had moved in 1988.lMeanwhile, in conjunction with his university's Foreign Study Program, he spent the fall of 1991 in Sheffield, England.
Neighborhood Jobs, Race, and Skills

Author: Daniel Immergluck

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351045940

Category: Science

Page: 154

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Originally published in 1998, Neighbourhood Jobs, Race, and Skills argues that race is a powerful and persistent barrier to employment. Analysing existing literature, this book outlines how racial discrimination in hiring against African Americans appears to remain a contributor to high unemployment rates in black neighbourhoods. The book also discusses how issues such as poor schools and physical and social isolation compound employment problems, as well as changes in policy on skill requirements and the location of jobs. The book argues that combined, this is a major contributor to concentrated urban employment and poverty.
A Neighborhood Divided

Author: Jane Balin

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 0801485797

Category: Social Science

Page: 196

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Wanting to know how a diverse group of progressive, middle-class Americans defined "community," Balin chose to do her sociology dissertation on a neighborhood in conflict over the arrival of an AIDS care facility. She saw their debates as reflecting not only concerns about infectious disease, but also the community's anxieties regarding the political and social changes facing urban middle class communities in general. The book introduces the neighborhood and follows its struggle over the inclusion of the care facility, which occurred in 1992, nearly four years after it was supposed to have been implemented. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR