Ghetto Contemporary Global Issues and Controversies

ISBN-10: 0813345030

ISBN-13: 9780813345031

Edition: 2012

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Description: Despite strongly contested meanings, the term #x1C;ghetto#x1D; continues to be used as descriptor (of physical space) and as an analytical concept (to explain observed outcomes). Too often it is assumed that African American or inner city communities are ghettos. But what is a ghetto? Does it arise organically from cities, or is it a consequence of social conflict and government policy? Is the term an offensive oversimplification of social exclusion? Are the favelas, shantytowns, and slums of Europe, South America, and other continents similar to the American ghetto? The Ghettoinvites us to reexamine our assumptions by addressing these and other critical questions. This book brings together top scholars of ghetto-like communities in the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas to tackle the most salient topics in the field today. Concise, original essays describe essential arguments and discoveries, making this important scholarship accessible for all readers and students of urban studies and sociology.

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Book details

List price: $61.50
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Westview Press
Publication date: 8/30/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Introduction
A Janus-Faced Institution of Ethnoracial Closure: A Sociological Specification of the Ghetto
De-spatialization and Dilution of the Ghetto: Current Trends in the United States
Toward Knowing the Iconic Ghetto
You Just Don't Go Down There":Learning to Avoid the Ghetto in San Francisco
In Terms of Harlem
The Spike Lee Effect: Reimagining the Ghetto for Cultural Consumption
Places of Stigma: Ghettos, Barrios, and Banlieues
On the Absence of Ghettos in Latin American Cities
Divided Cities: Rethinking the Ghetto in Light of the Brazilian Favela
Demonstrations at Work: Some Notes from Urban Africa
From Refuge the Ghetto Is Born: Contemporary Figures of Heterotopias
Where Is the Chicago Ghetto?
About the contributors
Index
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