Native Space: Geographic Strategies to Unsettle Settler Colonialism by Natchee Blu BarndNative Space explores how indigenous communities and individuals sustain and create geographies through place-naming, everyday cultural practices, and artistic activism, within the boundaries of the settler colonial nation of the United States. This book makes a significant contribution to the literature in cultural and critical geography, comparative ethnic studies, indigenous studies, cultural studies, American Studies, and related fields.
Harlem Is Nowhere by Sharifa Rhodes-PittsFor a century Harlem has been celebrated as the capital of black America, a thriving center of cultural achievement and political action. At a crucial moment in Harlem's history, as gentrification encroaches, Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts untangles the myth and meaning of Harlem's legacy. Examining the epic Harlem of official history and the personal Harlem that begins at her front door, Rhodes-Pitts introduces us to a wide variety of characters, past and present. At the heart of their stories, and her own, is the hope carried over many generations, hope that Harlem would be the ground from which blacks fully entered America's democracy. Rhodes-Pitts is a brilliant new voice who, like other significant chroniclers of places -- Joan Didion on California, or Jamaica Kincaid on Antigua -- captures the very essence of her subject. A finalist for the 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award in Autobiography, and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. "No geographic or racial qualification guarantees a writer her subject . . . Only interest, knowledge, and love will do that -- all of which this book displays in abundance." -- Zadie Smith, Harper's
The Real State of America Atlas by Joni Seager; Cynthia H. EnloeThe Real State of America Atlas draws back the curtain on our complex nation to reveal the myriad realities of the American experience—from our changing demographics to patterns of home ownership to the kinds of food we eat. Co-written by two esteemed scholars, this comprehensive and enlightening work upends many long-held myths and shows us who we are today. It is the perfect read for anyone who wants to better understand our ever-changing nation.
Call Number: HA214 .E65 2011
The Hidden America by Robert M. Moore (Editor)This book seeks to raise our awareness of the many social problems faced by rural Americans--women as well as men, whose problems traditionally have received more coverage. Compared to urban America, very little has been written on social problems in rural America. Each chapter examines a particular social problem, such as homelessness. The problems of other minorities, such as Native Americans, Hispanics, and African Americas, are also discussed.
Call Number: HN59.2 .H54 2001
Publication Date: 2001-03-01
Safe Space: Gay Neighborhood History and the Politics of Violence by Christina B. HanhardtWinner, 2014 Lambda Literary Award in LGBT Studies
Since the 1970s, a key goal of lesbian and gay activists has been protection against street violence, especially in gay neighborhoods. During the same time, policymakers and private developers declared the containment of urban violence to be a top priority and these initiatives have sought solutions in policing and privatization and have had devastating effects along race and class lines.
Call Number: HQ76.8.U5 H37 2013 EBK
The Divided City: Poverty and Prosperity in Urban America by Alan MallachWho really benefits from ;urban revival? Cities, from trendy coastal areas to the nation's heartland, are seeing levels of growth beyond the wildest visions of only a few decades ago. But vast areas in the same cities house thousands of people living in poverty who see little or no new hope or opportunity. Even as cities revive, they are becoming more unequal and more segregated. What does this mean for these cities--and the people who live in them?
Call Number: HT175 .M35 2018
Immigration and the City by Eric Fong; Brent BerryEric Fong and Brent Berry describe both contemporary patterns of immigration and the urban context in order to understand the social and economic lives of immigrants in the city. This comprehensive and engaging book will be an invaluable text for students and scholars of immigration, race, ethnicity, and urban studies.
Call Number: HT215 .F66 2017
The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream Is Moving by Leigh GallagherAfter the U.S. housing bubble burst, no part of our country felt the pain more than the suburbs. According to Leigh Gallagher, the recession was simply a catalyst for a much larger trend. Cities are experiencing a renaissance, especially among younger generations and even among families with young children.
Call Number: HT352.U6 G35 2013
Imprisoning Communities by Todd R. ClearAt no time in history, and certainly in no other democratic society, have prisons been filled so quickly and to such capacity than in the United States. And nowhere has this growth been more concentrated than in the disadvantaged--and primarily minority--neighborhoods of America's largesturban cities. In the most impoverished places, as much as 20% of the adult men are locked up on any given day, and there is hardly a family without a father, son, brother, or uncle who has not been behind bars.While the effects of going to and returning home from prison are well-documented, little attention has been paid to the impact of removal on neighborhoods where large numbers of individuals have been imprisoned. In the first detailed, empirical exploration of the effects of mass incarceration onpoor places, Imprisoning Communities demonstrates that in high doses incarceration contributes to the very social problems it is intended to solve: it breaks up family and social networks; deprives siblings, spouses, and parents of emotional and financial support; and threatens the economic andpolitical infrastructure of already struggling neighborhoods. Especially at risk are children who, research shows, are more likely to commit a crime if a father or brother has been to prison. Clear makes the counterintuitive point that when incarceration concentrates at high levels, crime rates willgo up. Removal, in other words, has exactly the opposite of its intended effect: it destabilizes the community, thus further reducing public safety.Demonstrating that the current incarceration policy in urban America does more harm than good, from increasing crime to widening racial disparities and diminished life chances for youths, Todd Clear argues that we cannot overcome the problem of mass incarceration concentrated in poor places withoutincorporating an idea of community justice into our failing correctional and criminal justice systems.
Call Number: HV9950 .C55 2007
Publication Date: 2007-07-30
The Space Between Us: Social Geography and Politics by Ryan D. EnosThis book brings the connection between geography, psychology, and politics to life. By going into the neighborhoods of real cities, Enos shows how our perceptions of racial, ethnic, and religious groups are intuitively shaped by where these groups live and interact daily.
Call Number: JA76 .E56 2017
Red Families v. Blue Families: Legal Polarization and the Creation of Culture by Cahn, Naomi R."Rooted in the urban middle class, the coasts and the "blue states" the Blue Family Paradigm emphasizes the importance of women's as well as men's workforce participation, egalitarian gender roles, and the delay of family formation until both parents are emotionally and financially ready. By contrast, the Red Family Paradigm--associated with the Bible Belt, the mountain west, and rural America--rejects and fears these new family norms."
Borsella, C.P. & Rogers, L. T. (2017, September). Birth rates vary from state to state. U.S. Census Bureau. Population Division.
States with high birth rates "already have or are attracting younger people or are attracting an ethnically or racially diverse population. Utah and Texas, two of the top five [higher] birth states, exemplify both trends."
Findings of a group of sociologists, economists, geographers and historians are that "poverty is higher in rural areas, job growth is in metro areas, and disabilities are more common in rural areas, but rural areas are surprisingly entrepreneurial and rural businesses are, on average, more resilient than their metro cousins."