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Manhattan for Rent, 1785–1850
Elizabeth Blackmar
In this interesting and wide-ranging book, Elizabeth Blackmar investigates the development of New York City's housing market from colonial times to 1850. She discusses public officials, landowners, builders, renters and tenants, and the interplay...



Migration and Integration in Flanders
Multidisciplinary Perspectives
Across the world, and due to ongoing globalization, migration is increasingly becoming a part of daily life. But more than ever, migration can no longer be viewed as a simple linear trajectory from A to B. The emergence of transnational communities and intense interactions between regions of origin and of destination have led to new forms of...



Modern Dreams
An Inquiry into Power, Cultural Production, and the Cityscape in Contemporary Urban Penang, Malaysia
Beng-Lan Goh
A fascinating ethnographic study of the cultural politics of urban redevelopment in Kampung Serani, one Penang community, in the 1990s. Through interviews, newspaper reports, and other records, Goh considers changing notions of culture...



A Moral Technology
Electrification as Political Ritual in New Delhi
Leo Coleman
In A Moral Technology, the grids and wires of an urban public utility are revealed to be not only material goods but also objects of intense moral concern. Leo Coleman offers a distinctive anthropological approach to electrification in New Delhi as more than just an economic or industrial...



Music and the City
Musical Cultures and Urban Societies in the Southern Netherlands and Beyond, c.1650–1800
This book contributes to a more effective understanding of music in late seventeenth- and eighteenth-century urban societies in the southern Netherlands and beyond.



Native to the Republic
Empire, Social Citizenship, and Everyday Life in Marseille since 1945
Minayo Nasiali
In Native to the Republic, Minayo Nasiali traces the process through which expectations about living standards and decent housing came to be understood as social rights in late twentieth-century...



Needed by Nobody
Homelessness and Humanness in Post-Socialist Russia
Tova Höjdestrand
This book offers a nuanced portrait of homelessness in St. Petersburg. Based on ethnographic work at railway stations, soup kitchens, and other places where the homeless gather, it describes the material and mental world of this marginalized population.



A Neighborhood Divided
Community Resistance to an AIDS Care Facility
Jane Balin
When a nursing facility for AIDS patients is planned for a city neighborhood, residents might be expected to respond, "Not in my backyard." But, as Jane Balin recounts in A Neighborhood Divided, when that community is known for its racial and ethnic...



The Neoliberal City
Governance, Ideology, and Development in American Urbanism
Jason Hackworth
The shift in the ideological winds toward a "free-market" economy has brought profound effects in urban areas. The Neoliberal City presents an overview of the effect of these changes on today's cities. The term "neoliberalism" was originally used in...



New Deal Ruins
Race, Economic Justice, and Public Housing Policy
Edward G. Goetz
A critical analysis of the nationwide effort to dismantle public housing by focusing on the impact of policy changes in three cities: Atlanta, Chicago, and New Orleans.



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