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 Politics

Author: Robert Dilger

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9780814718476

Category: Political Science

Page: 199

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This book examines the role of residential community associations in the American intergovernmental system of governance. Residential community associations (RCAs) have experienced phenomenal growth in recent years, yet their significance and impact remains largely unexamined Robert Jay Dilger here identifies the extent and nature of the services and operations provided by RCAs, documents their development as a housing and land use planning innovation, and analyzes their role in acting, in many ways, as a substitute for local governments. Dilger illustrates the many ways in which RCAs are influential actors in the American political and intergovernmental process. Examining this impact of RCAs on local politics, he also extrapolates to determine the implications of their proliferation for American governance and democratic values. Economic conditions and consumer preferences suggest, he argues, that RCAs will continue to play an vital role in American governance well into the 21st century. Essential reading for anyone interested in public policy, local politics and government, this book is the definitive account of these increasingly powerful organizations.
A Neighborhood Politics of Last Resort

Author: Stephen Danley

Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP

ISBN: 9780773555907

Category: Social Science

Page: 189

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The steep rise in neighborhood associations in post-Katrina New Orleans is commonly presented in starkly positive or negative terms – either romanticized narratives of community influence or dismissals of false consciousness and powerlessness to elite interests. In A Neighborhood Politics of Last Resort Stephen Danley offers a messier and ultimately more complete picture of these groups as simultaneously crucial but tenuous social actors. Through a comparative case study based on extensive fieldwork in post-Katrina New Orleans, Danley follows activists in their efforts to rebuild their communities, while also examining the dark underbelly of NIMBYism ("not in my backyard"), characterized by racism and classism. He elucidates how neighborhood activists were tremendously inspired in their defense of their communities, at times outwitting developers or other perceived threats to neighborhood life, but they could be equally creative in discriminating against potential neighbors and fighting to keep others out of their communities. Considering the plight of grassroots activism in the context of national and global urban challenges, A Neighborhood Politics of Last Resort immerses the reader in the daily minutiae of post-Katrina life to reveal how multiple groups responded to the same crisis with inconsistent and often ad-hoc approaches, visions, and results.
Randolph Bourne and the Politics of Cultural Radicalism

Author: Leslie J. Vaughan

Publisher: American Political Thought (Un

ISBN: UOM:39015041080493

Category: History

Page: 288

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Reassesses the short life and career of American essayist, critic, and founder of cultural radicalism Bourne (1886-1918), known today mostly for his opposition to US military involvement in Europe and warnings about the military industrial complex. Vaughan (political science, U. of Minnesota-Duluth) argues that his stance from outside establishment perspectives was not a retreat from politics as many have claimed, but a form of political engagement free from the suppositions that impede genuine debate and democratic change. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Revitalizing Urban Neighborhoods

Author: W. Dennis Keating

Publisher: Studies in Government & Public

ISBN: WISC:89056944531

Category: Political Science

Page: 308

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Since the 1950s and the advance of urban renewal, local governments and urban policy have focused heavily on the central business district. However, such development has all but ignored the inner-city neighborhoods that continue to struggle in the shadows of high-rise America. This analysis of urban neighborhoods in the United States from 1960 to 1995 presents fifteen essays by scholars of urban planning and development. Together they show how urban neighborhoods can and must be preserved as economic, cultural, and political centers.
American Community Organizations

Author: Patricia Mooney-Melvin

Publisher: Greenwood

ISBN: UOM:49015002877604

Category: History

Page: 268

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"An encyclopedic dictionary that treats organizations, persons, and federal legislation that document the history of grass-roots community organizing. . . . Highly recommended to academic libraries with programs in sociology, social work, local politics, and urban history, and to all urban public libraries." Choice

Author: Andrew S. McFarland

Publisher: Studies in Government & Public

ISBN: UOM:39015058724355

Category: Philosophy

Page: 224

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Many of the basic issues of political science have been addressed by pluralist theory, which focuses on the competing interests of a democratic polity, their organization, and their influence on policy. Andrew McFarland shows that this approach still provides a promising foundation for understanding the American political process.