The New Chicago: A Social and Cultural Analysis

Temple University Press, 2006 - 365 Seiten
For generations, visitors, journalists, and social scientists alike have asserted that Chicago is the quintessentially American city. Indeed, the introduction to "The New Chicago" reminds us that to know America, you must know Chicago. The contributors boldly announce the demise of the city of broad shoulders and the transformation of its physical, social, cultural, and economic institutions into a new Chicago. In this wide-ranging book, twenty scholars, journalists, and activists, relying on data from the 2000 census and many years of direct experience with the city, identify five converging forces in American urbanization which are reshaping this storied metropolis. The twenty-six essays included here analyze Chicago by way of globalization and its impact on the contemporary city; economic restructuring; the evolution of machine-style politics into managerial politics; physical transformations of the central city and its suburbs; and race relations in a multicultural era. In elaborating on the effects of these broad forces, contributors detail the role of eight significant racial, ethnic, and immigrant communities in shaping the character of the new Chicago and present ten case studies of innovative governmental, grassroots, and civic action. Multifaceted and authoritative, "The New Chicago" offers an important and unique portrait of an emergent and new Windy City.

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Immigrants at Work
Contested Reinvention and Civic Agency Ten Case Studies
The Rebirth of Bronzeville Contested Space and Contrasting Visions
Devon Avenue A World Market
The Affordable Housing Crisis in the Chicago Region
Back to Its Roots The Industrial Areas Foundation and United Power for Action and Justice
Chicago School Reform Advancing the Global City Agenda
Police and the Globalizing City Innovation and Contested Reinvention

The Immigrant Presence
Chicago The Immigrant Capital of the Heartland
Latinos of the New Chicago
New Chicago Polonia Urban and Suburban
Asian Indians in Chicago
ReVisioning Filipino American Communities Evolving Identities Issues and Organizations
The Korean Presence in Chicago
Chicagos Chinese Americans From Chinatown and Beyond
Immigrants from the Arab World
Transforming Public Housing
Regionalism in a Historically Divided Metropolis
Coalition Politics at Americas Premier Transportation Hub
Urban Beautification The Construction of a New Identity in Chicago
Learning from Chicago
About the Contributors

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Seite 313 - If you can look into the seeds of time, And say, which grain will grow, and which will not, Speak then to me, who neither beg, nor fear, Your favours, nor your hate.
Seite 97 - Once I thought to write a history of the immigrants in America. Then I discovered, that the immigrants were American history.
Seite 7 - Make no little plans — they have no magic to stir men's blood, and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans. Aim high in hope and work...
Seite 56 - It is hopeless for the occasional visitor to try to keep up with Chicago — she outgrows his prophecies faster than he can make them. She is always a novelty, for she is never the Chicago you saw when you passed through the last time.
Seite 20 - The form and extent of a city's integration with the world economy and the functions assigned to the city in the new spatial division of labour, will be decisive for any structural changes occurring within it. 2. Key cities throughout the world are used by global capital as 'basing points' in the spatial organization and articulation of production and markets.
Seite 304 - Who built the seven gates of Thebes? The books are filled with names of kings. Was it kings who hauled the craggy blocks of stone?
Seite 86 - A history of discrimination and oppression created a huge black underclass, and the technological and economic revolutions have combined to insure it a permanent status. As the black middle class rides on the wave of political and social changes, benefiting from the growth of employment opportunities in the growing corporate and government sectors of the economy, the black underclass falls behind the larger society in every conceivable...
Seite 318 - The Arab Community in the Chicago Area: A Comparative Study of the Christian-Syrians and the Muslim Palestinians.
Seite 241 - We make a strong distinction between the World As It Is and the World As It Should Be.
Seite 256 - The global city is a strategic site for disempowered actors because it enables them to gain presence, to emerge as subjects, even when they do not gain direct power

Autoren-Profil (2006)

John P. Koval is Associate Professor of Sociology at DePaul University, Senior Research Fellow at the Monsignor John J. Egan Urban Center, and Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Latino Studies, The University of Notre Dame.Larry Bennett is Professor of Political Science at DePaul University.Michael I. Bennett is Associate Professor of Sociology at DePaul University and Executive Director of the Monsignor John J. Egan Urban Center.Fassil Demissie is Associate Professor in the Public Policy Studies Program at DePaul University.Roberta Garner is Professor of Sociology at DePaul University.Kiljoong Kim is Lecturer in Sociology at DePaul University and Research Director at the Monsignor John J. Egan Urban Center. He is also a Doctoral student in Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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