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- DescriptionDespite the pundits who have written its epitaph and the latter-day refugees who have fled its confines for the half-acre suburban estate, the city neighborhood has endured as an idea central to American culture. In A Nation of Neighborhoods, Benjamin Looker presents us with the city neighborhood as both an endless problem and a possibility. Looker investigates the cultural, social, and political complexities of the idea of neighborhood in postwar America and how Americans grappled with vast changes in their urban spaces from World War II to the Reagan era. In the face of urban decline, competing visions of the city neighborhood's significance and purpose became proxies for broader debates over the meaning and limits of American democracy. By studying the way these contests unfolded across a startling variety of genres-Broadway shows, radio plays, urban ethgraphies, real estate documents, and even children's programming-Looker shows that the neighborhood ideal has functioned as a central symbolic site for advancing and debating theories about American national identity and democratic practice.
- Author BiographyBenjamin Looker teaches in the American Studies Department at Saint Louis University. He is the author of Point from Which Creation Begins : The Black Artists' Group of St. Louis.
- Author(s)Benjamin Looker
- PublisherThe University of Chicago Press
- Date of Publication05/01/2016
- SubjectRegional History
- Series TitleHistorical Studies of Urban America
- Place of PublicationChicago, IL
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Chicago Press
- Weight726 g
- Width155 mm
- Height231 mm
- Spine30 mm
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