Urban Sociology
The Long Shadow of Small Ghosts: Murder and Memory in an American City
The Long Shadow of Small Ghosts
Murder and Memory in an American City
Paperback      ISBN: 1501104276
A personal investigation into the causes, effects and communal toll of the brutal murders of three young children by their parents in 2003 Brownsville, Texas, explores the questions the case raised about poverty, mental illness, the death penalty and the proposed demolition of the apartment building where the tragedy occurred.
Miami
Miami
Paperback      ISBN: 0679781803
It is where Fidel Castro raised money to overthrow Batista and where two generations of Castro's enemies have raised armies to overthrow him, so far without success. It is where the bitter opera of Cuban exile intersects with the cynicism of U.S. foreign policy. It is a city whose skyrocketing murder rate is fueled by the cocaine trade, racial discontent, and an undeclared war on the island ninety miles to the south. As Didion follows Miami's drift into a Third World capital, she also locates its position in the secret history of the Cold War, from the Bay of Pigs to the Reagan doctrine and from the Kennedy assassination to the Watergate break-in. Miami is not just a portrait of a city, but a masterly study of immigration and exile, passion, hypocrisy, and political violence.
On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City
On the Run
Fugitive Life in an American City
Paperback      ISBN: 1250065666
A RIVETING, GROUNDBREAKING ACCOUNT OF HOW THE WAR ON CRIME HAS TORN APART INNER-CITY COMMUNITIES Forty years in, the tough on crime turn in American politics has spurred a prison boom of historic proportions that disproportionately affects Black communities. It has also torn at the lives of those on the outside. As arrest quotas and high tech surveillance criminalize entire blocks, a climate of fear and suspicion pervades daily life, not only for young men entangled in the legal system, but for their family members and working neighbors. Alice Goffman spent six years in one Philadelphia neighborhood, documenting the routine stops, searches, raids, and beatings that young men navigate as they come of age. In the course of her research, she became roommates with Mike and Chuck, two friends trying to make ends meet between low wage jobs and the drug trade. Like many in the neighborhood, Mike and Chuck were caught up in a cycle of court cases, probation sentences, and low level warrants, with no clear way out. We observe their girlfriends and mothers enduring raids and interrogations, "clean" residents struggling to go to school and work every day as the cops chase down neighbors in the streets, and others eking out a living by providing clean urine, fake documents, and off the books medical care. This fugitive world is the hidden counterpoint to mass incarceration, the grim underside of our nation's social experiment in punishing Black men and their families. While recognizing the drug trade's damage,On The Run reveals a justice system gone awry: it is an exemplary work of scholarship highlighting the failures of the War on Crime, and a compassionate chronicle of the families caught in the midst of it. "A remarkable feat of reporting . . . The level of detail in this book and Goffman's ability to understand her subjects' motivations are astonishing--and riveting."--The New York Times Book Review
Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx
Random Family
Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx
Paperback      ISBN: 0743254430
Coming of age in the midst of the Bronx drug trade, nineteen-year-old Jessica, fourteen-year-old Coco, and their lovers experience budding sexuality, teen parenthood, and gang identity, in a social examination of the challenges of family life in the face of violence. Reprint. 75,000 first printing.
St. Marks Is Dead: The Many Lives of America's Hippest Street
St. Marks Is Dead
The Many Lives of America's Hippest Street
Paperback      ISBN: 0393353303
Drawing on hundreds of interviews and providing dozens of rare images, a colorful narrative history of St. Marks Place in New York City, which has spawned countless artistic and political movements, profiles iconic characters and events in this place that outsiders have always called home. Illustrations.
Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Behind the Beautiful Forevers
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 1400067553
A first book by a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist profiles everyday life in the settlement of Annawadi as experienced by a Muslim teen, an ambitious rural mother of a prospective female college student and a young scrap metal thief, in an account that illuminates how their efforts to build better lives are challenged by regional religious, caste and economic tensions. 35,000 first printing.
The City in Mind: Meditations on the Urban Condition
The City in Mind
Meditations on the Urban Condition
Paperback      ISBN: 0743227239
In the highly acclaimed The Geography of Nowhere, James Howard Kunstler declared suburbia "a tragic landscape" and fueled a fierce debate over how we will live in twenty-first-century America. Here, Kunstler turns his discerning eye to urban life in America and beyond in dazzling excursions to classical Rome, the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan, Louis-Napoleon's Paris, the "gigantic hairball" that is contemporary Atlanta, the ludicrous spectacle of Las Vegas, and more. Seeking to discover what is constant and enduring in cities at their greatest, Kunstler explores how America got lost in suburban wilderness and locates pathways that might lead to civic revival. His authoritative tour is both a concise history of cities and a stunning critique of how they can aid or hinder social and civil progress. By turns dramatic and comic, The City in Mind is an exceptional glimpse into the urban condition.
Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets
Gang Leader for a Day
A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets
Paperback      ISBN: 014311493x
Recounts the full story of a young sociologist whose infiltration of a Chicago drug gang was originally introduced in the work Freakonomics, in a firsthand account that describes the author's grad student idealism, his friendship with gang leader JT, and his seven-year witness to the organization's complex crack-selling trade. Reprint.
Green Metropolis: Why Living Smaller, Living Closer, and Driving Less Are the Keys to Sustainability
Green Metropolis
Why Living Smaller, Living Closer, and Driving Less Are the Keys to Sustainability
Paperback      ISBN: 1594484848
Poses a challenging analysis of the environment and its future prospects, arguing that residents of urban areas consume and waste less than other Americans because of their smaller living spaces and use of public transportation.
No House to Call My Home: Love, Family, and Other Transgressions
No House to Call My Home
Love, Family, and Other Transgressions
Hardcover      ISBN: 1568585098
"Underemployed and directionless, Ryan Berg took a job in a group home for disowned and homeless LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning) teenagers. His job was to help these teens discover their self worth, get them back on their feet, earn high school degrees, and find jobs. But he had no idea how difficult it would be, and the complexities that were involved with coaxing them away from dangerous sex work and cycles of drug and alcohol abuse, and helping them heal from years of abandonment and abuse. In No House to Call My Home, Ryan Berg tells profoundly moving, intimate, and raw stories from the frontlines of LGBTQ homelessness and foster care. In the United States, 43% of homeless youth were forced out by their parents because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Berg faced young people who have battled extreme poverty, experienced unbalanced opportunities, structural racism, and homophobia. He found himself ill-equipped to help, in part because they are working within a system that paints in broad strokes, focused on warehousing young people, rather than helping them build healthy relationships with adults that could lead to a successful life once they age out of foster care"--