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Today’s American cities and suburbs are the sites of “thick injustice”—unjust power relations that are deeply and densely concentrated as well as opaque and seemingly intractable. Thick injustice is hard to see, to assign responsibility for, and to change.

Identifying these often invisible and intransigent problems, this volume addresses foundational questions about what justice requires in the contemporary metropolis. Essays focus on inequality within and among cities and suburbs; articulate principles for planning, redevelopment, and urban political leadership; and analyze the connection between metropolitan justice and institutional design. In a world that is progressively more urbanized, and yet no clearer on issues of fairness and equality, this book points the way to a metropolis in which social justice figures prominently in any definition of success.

Contributors: Susan S. Fainstein, Harvard U; Richard Thompson Ford, Stanford U; Gerald Frug, Harvard U; Loren King, Wilfrid Laurier U; Margaret Kohn, U of Toronto; Stephen Macedo, Princeton U; Douglas W. Rae, Yale U; Clarence N. Stone, George Washington U; Margaret Weir, U of California, Berkeley; Thad Williamson, U of Richmond.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction: Thick Injustice
  2. pp. 1-29
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  1. I. The Roots of Injustice in the American Metropolis
  2. pp. 31-31
  1. 1. Property-Owning Plutocracy: Inequality and American Localism
  2. pp. 33-58
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  1. 2. Public Reason and the Just City
  2. pp. 59-80
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  1. 3. Public Space in the Progressive Era
  2. pp. 81-101
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  1. II. Rethinking Metropolitan Inequality
  2. pp. 103-103
  1. 4. Two Cheers for Very Unequal Incomes: Toward Social Justice in Central Cities
  2. pp. 105-124
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  1. 5. Beyond the Equality–Efficiency Tradeoff
  2. pp. 125-145
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  1. III. Planning for Justice
  2. pp. 147-147
  1. 6. Redevelopment Planning and Distributive Justice in the American Metropolis
  2. pp. 149-175
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  1. 7. Justice, the Public Sector, and Cities: Relegitimating the Activist State
  2. pp. 177-197
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  1. IV. Justice and Institutions
  2. pp. 199-199
  1. 8. Voting and Justice
  2. pp. 201-221
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  1. 9. The Color of Territory: How Law and Borders Keep America Segregated
  2. pp. 223-236
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  1. 10. Creating Justice for the Poor in the New Metropolis
  2. pp. 237-256
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 257-258
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 259-267
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780816678730
Related ISBN
9780816676132
MARC Record
OCLC
755169535
Pages
288
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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