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Karelia: A Finnish-American Couple in Stalin's Russia
Karelia
A Finnish-American Couple in Stalin's Russia
Paperback      ISBN: 0878390650
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Paperback      ISBN: 0374520089
Eight essays discuss wild bears, a Maine game warden, family practice physicians, energy conservation, and political campaigning
There Ain't No Black in the Union Jack: The Cultural Politics of Race and Nation
There Ain't No Black in the Union Jack
The Cultural Politics of Race and Nation
Paperback      ISBN: 0226294277
Gilroy demonstrates the enormous complexity of racial politics in England today. Exploring the relationships among race, class, and nation as they have evolved over the past twenty years, he highlights racist attitudes that transcend the left-right political divide. He challenges current sociological approaches to racism as well as the ethnocentric bias of British cultural studies. "Gilroy demonstrates effectively that cultural traditions are not static, but develop, grow and indeed mutate, as they influence and are influenced by the other changing traditions around them."—David Edgar, Listener Review of Books. "A fascinating analysis of the discourses that have accompanied black settlement in Britain. . . . An important addition to the stock of critical works on race and culture."—David Okuefuna, Chicago Tribune
The Continuing City: Urban Morphology in Western Civilization
The Continuing City
Urban Morphology in Western Civilization
Hardcover      ISBN: 0801838010
The Death and Life of Great American Cities
The Death and Life of Great American Cities
Paperback      ISBN: 067974195x
Penetrating analysis of the functions and organization of city neighborhoods, the forces of deterioration and regeneration, and the necessary planning innovations
Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life
Habits of the Heart
Individualism and Commitment in American Life
Hardcover      ISBN: 0520053885
Based on conversations with hundreds of Americans, this volume reveals the self-understanding of Americans as a people and as a nation
LA Storia: Five Centuries of the Italian American Experience
LA Storia
Five Centuries of the Italian American Experience
Paperback      ISBN: 0060924411
Records the immigration of Italians to the United States, and describes their contributions to their adopted country
The Sphinx in the City: Urban Life, the Control of Disorder, and Women
The Sphinx in the City
Urban Life, the Control of Disorder, and Women
Paperback      ISBN: 0520078640
Elizabeth Wilson's elegant, provocative, and scholarly study uses fiction, essays, film, and art, as well as history and sociology, to look at some of the world's greatest cities—London, Paris, Moscow, New York, Chicago, Lusaka, and São Paulo—and presents a powerful critique of utopian planning, anti-urbanism, postmodernism, and traditional architecture. For women the city offers freedom, including sexual freedom, but also new dangers. Planners and reformers have repeatedly attempted to regulate women—and the working class and ethnic minorities—by means of grandiose, utopian plans, nearly destroying the richness of urban culture. City centers have become uninhabited business districts, the countryside suburbanized. There is danger without pleasure, consumerism without choice, safety without stimulation. What is needed is a new understanding of city life and Wilson gives us an intriguing introduction to what this might be.
Do or Die
Do or Die
Paperback      ISBN: 0060922915
An experienced reporter who has gained the trust of both sides of L.A.'s notorious gang wars offers an inside look at how children become murderers and why gangs replace families
The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America's Man-Made Landscape
The Geography of Nowhere
The Rise and Decline of America's Man-Made Landscape
Paperback      ISBN: 0671888250
The Geography of Nowhere traces America's evolution from a nation of Main Streets and coherent communities to a land where every place is like no place in particular, where the cities are dead zones and the countryside is a wasteland of cartoon architecture and parking lots. In elegant and often hilarious prose, Kunstler depicts our nation's evolution from the Pilgrim settlements to the modern auto suburb in all its ghastliness. The Geography of Nowhere tallies up the huge economic, social, and spiritual costs that America is paying for its car-crazed lifestyle. It is also a wake-up call for citizens to reinvent the places where we live and work, to build communities that are once again worthy of our affection. Kunstler proposes that by reviving civic art and civic life, we will rediscover public virtue and a new vision of the common good. "The future will require us to build better places," Kunstler says, "or the future will belong to other people in other societies."