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Generation Priced Out Who Gets to Live in the New Urban America, with a New Preface

Generation Priced Out Who Gets to Live in the New Urban America, with a New Preface

Author: Randy Shaw Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/05/2020

Generation Priced Out is a call to action on one of the most talked-about issues of our time: how skyrocketing rents and home values are pricing the working and middle classes out of urban America. Randy Shaw tells the powerful stories of tenants, politicians, homeowner groups, developers, and activists in over a dozen cities impacted by the national housing crisis. From San Francisco to New York, Seattle to Denver, and Los Angeles to Austin, Generation Priced Out challenges progressive cities to reverse rising economic and racial inequality. Shaw exposes how boomer homeowners restrict millennials' access to housing in big cities, a generational divide that increasingly dominates city politics. Shaw also demonstrates that neighborhood gentrification is not inevitable and presents proven measures for cities to preserve and expand their working- and middle-class populations and achieve more equitable and inclusive outcomes. Generation Priced Out is a must-read for anyone concerned about the future of urban America.

The Lonely Crowd A Study of the Changing American Character

The Lonely Crowd A Study of the Changing American Character

Author: David Riesman, Nathan Glazer, Reuel Denney, Richard Sennett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/05/2020

Considered by many to be one of the most influential books of the twentieth century, The Lonely Crowd opened exciting new dimensions in our understanding of the problems confronting the individual in twentieth-century America. Richard Sennett's new introduction illuminates the ways in which Riesman's analysis of a middle class obsessed with how others lived still resonates in the age of social media. Indispensable reading for anyone who wishes to understand American society. After half a century, this book has lost none of its capacity to make sense of how we live. -Todd Gitlin

Urban Humanities New Practices for Reimagining the City

Urban Humanities New Practices for Reimagining the City

Original, action-oriented humanist practices for interpreting and intervening in the city: a new methodology at the intersection of the humanities, design, and urban studies. Urban humanities is an emerging field at the intersection of the humanities, urban planning, and design. It offers a new approach not only for understanding cities in a global context but for intervening in them, interpreting their histories, engaging with them in the present, and speculating about their futures. This book introduces both the theory and practice of urban humanities, tracing the evolution of the concept, presenting methods and practices with a wide range of research applications, describing changes in teaching and curricula, and offering case studies of urban humanities practices in the field. Urban humanities views the city through a lens of spatial justice, and its inquiries are centered on the microsettings of everyday life. The book's case studies report on real-world projects in mega-cities in the Pacific Rim-Tokyo, Shanghai, Mexico City, and Los Angeles-with several projects described in detail, including playful spaces for children in car-oriented Mexico City, a commons in a Tokyo neighborhood, and a rolling story-telling box to promote literary justice in Los Angeles.

Buying And Selling Power Anthropological Reflections On Prostitution In Spain

Buying And Selling Power Anthropological Reflections On Prostitution In Spain

Author: Angie Hart Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/03/2020

This book explores the complex identities and connection between clients and prostitutes living in Spain and life beyond prostitution. It reflects on the relationship between the anthropologist and that of his/her subjects and informants.

Palaces for the People How To Build a More Equal and United Society

Palaces for the People How To Build a More Equal and United Society

Author: Eric Klinenberg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/03/2020

How can we bring people together? In Palaces for the People the sociologist and best-selling author Eric Klinenberg introduces a transformative and powerfully uplifting new idea for health, happiness, safety and healing our divided, unequal society. 'This wonderful book shows us how democracies thrive' Steven Levitsky & Daniel Ziblatt, authors of How Democracies Die Too often we take for granted and neglect our libraries, parks, markets, schools, playgrounds, gardens and communal spaces, but decades of research now shows that these places can have an extraordinary effect on our personal and collective wellbeing. Why? Because wherever people cross paths and linger, wherever we gather informally, strike up a conversation and get to know one another, relationships blossom and communities emerge - and where communities are strong, people are safer and healthier, crime drops and commerce thrives, and peace, tolerance and stability take root. Through uplifting human stories and an illuminating tour through the science of social connection, Palaces for the People shows that properly designing and maintaining this 'social infrastructure' might be our single best strategy for a more equal and united society.

Canadian Cities in Transition Understanding Contemporary Urbanism

Canadian Cities in Transition Understanding Contemporary Urbanism

Author: Ryan (Professor, Professor, University of Saskatchewan) Walker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/03/2020

A long-standing market-leading text for urban geography courses with a Canadian perspective, Canadian Cities in Transition, now in its sixth edition, continues to examine the critical issues and major transformations taking place in urban Canada. Examining all facets of Canadian cities, including historical evolution, dynamics of economy, environmental impacts, urban lifestyles, cultural makeup, social structure, infrastructures, governance, planning, and appearance, the text is crafted to help the next generation address the urban problems they are inheriting and find solutions for them. With new chapters on digital cities and sustainable development, as well as new and expanded coverage of contemporary issues such as accessibility, gentrification, and the rise of the creative class, the new edition offers a comprehensive and current study of Canadian cities, written by Canadians for Canadians.

Cairo Collages Everyday Life Practices After the Event

Cairo Collages Everyday Life Practices After the Event

Author: Mona Abaza Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/03/2020

In Cairo collages, the large-scale political, economic and social changes in Egypt brought on by the 2011 Revolution are set against the declining fortunes of a single apartment building in a specific Cairo neighbourhood. The violence in Tahrir Square and Mohamed Mahmud Street; the post-January euphoric moment; the increasing militarization of urban life; the flourishing of dystopian novels set in Cairo; the neo-liberal imaginaries of Dubai and Singapore as global models; gentrification and evictions in poor neighbourhoods; the forthcoming new administrative capital for Egypt-all are narrated in parallel to the 'little' story of the adventures and misfortunes of everyday interactions in a middle-class building in the neighbourhood of Doqi. -- .

Bandage, Sort, and Hustle Ambulance Crews on the Front Lines of Urban Suffering

Bandage, Sort, and Hustle Ambulance Crews on the Front Lines of Urban Suffering

Author: Josh Seim Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/03/2020

What is the role of the ambulance in the American city? The prevailing narrative provides a rather simple answer: saving and transporting the critically ill and injured. This is not an incorrect description, but it is incomplete. Drawing on field observations, medical records, and his own experience as a novice emergency medical technician, sociologist Josh Seim reimagines paramedicine as a frontline institution for governing urban suffering. Bandage, Sort, and Hustle argues that the ambulance is part of a fragmented regime that is focused more on neutralizing hardships (which are disproportionately carried by poor people and people of color) than on eradicating the root causes of agony. Whether by compressing lifeless chests on the streets or by transporting the publicly intoxicated into the hospital, ambulance crews tend to handle suffering bodies near the bottom of the polarized metropolis. Seim illustrates how this work puts crews in recurrent, and sometimes tense, contact with the emergency department nurses and police officers who share their clientele. These street-level relations, however, cannot be understood without considering the bureaucratic and capitalistic forces that control and coordinate ambulance labor from above. Beyond the ambulance, this book motivates a labor-centric model for understanding the frontline governance of down-and-out populations.

Bandage, Sort, and Hustle Ambulance Crews on the Front Lines of Urban Suffering

Bandage, Sort, and Hustle Ambulance Crews on the Front Lines of Urban Suffering

Author: Josh Seim Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/03/2020

What is the role of the ambulance in the American city? The prevailing narrative provides a rather simple answer: saving and transporting the critically ill and injured. This is not an incorrect description, but it is incomplete. Drawing on field observations, medical records, and his own experience as a novice emergency medical technician, sociologist Josh Seim reimagines paramedicine as a frontline institution for governing urban suffering. Bandage, Sort, and Hustle argues that the ambulance is part of a fragmented regime that is focused more on neutralizing hardships (which are disproportionately carried by poor people and people of color) than on eradicating the root causes of agony. Whether by compressing lifeless chests on the streets or by transporting the publicly intoxicated into the hospital, ambulance crews tend to handle suffering bodies near the bottom of the polarized metropolis. Seim illustrates how this work puts crews in recurrent, and sometimes tense, contact with the emergency department nurses and police officers who share their clientele. These street-level relations, however, cannot be understood without considering the bureaucratic and capitalistic forces that control and coordinate ambulance labor from above. Beyond the ambulance, this book motivates a labor-centric model for understanding the frontline governance of down-and-out populations.

The Housing Movement and the Urban Poor in Sao Paulo Agency, Structure, and Institutionalization

The Housing Movement and the Urban Poor in Sao Paulo Agency, Structure, and Institutionalization

Author: Ryohei Konta Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2020

This book explores the ways in which the urban poor population of Brazil participates in social movements. This study focuses on their agency, analyzing the interactive relationship between the urban poor in collective actions and the structural change represented by the participatory administration, which primarily saw implementation and institutionalization in Brazil at the beginning of the 21st century. Ryohei Konta argues that, as the structure of the participatory administration is more actively implemented and institutionalized, social movements will benefit from increased political opportunities. This result encourages the urban poor to participate in social movements as a means to realize their interests. Participation in social movements also stimulates their action with intention and capability (agency), which collectively interacts with the structure of increased opportunities (participatory administration), leading to self-fulfillment and more frequent participation in social movements. Scholars of sociology, Latin American studies, economics, social movements, and urban development will find this book particularly useful.

Creating Community-Led and Self-Build Homes A Guide to Collaborative Practice in the UK

Creating Community-Led and Self-Build Homes A Guide to Collaborative Practice in the UK

Author: Martin Field Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2020

Martin Field explores the ways in which people and communities across the UK have been striving to create the homes and neighbourhood communities they want. Giving context to contemporary practices in the UK, the book examines 'self-build housing' and 'community-led housing', discussing the commonalities and distinctions between these in practice, and what could be learned from other initiatives across Europe.

Doing Tolerance Democracy, Citizenship and Social Protests

Doing Tolerance Democracy, Citizenship and Social Protests

Author: Prof., Dr. Maria do Mar Castro Varela Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/02/2020

Taking urban protests on gentrification and urban restructuring in Berlin and Istanbul as points of departure, Maria do Mar Castro Varela and Baris Ulker discuss different forms of protest movements and struggles. Illustrating the paradoxes in diverse dynamic interactions, they focus on the conflicts in urban spaces between the heterogeneous groups of the governed on the one hand and the governing on the other hand. The volume explores the genealogies of tolerance, first through the historical (dis-)continuities of different postcolonial cities, and second through the daily practices of migrants, refugees and social and religious minorities in the entanglements of social mobilities.