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American suburbs have been seen as both exclusive idylls for elites as well as crucibles for new ideologies of gender, class, race, and property. But few have considered what the growing diversity of suburban America has meant for progressive social, economic, and political justice movements. Social Justice in Diverse Suburbs is a pioneering and multidisciplinary volume that reassesses commonplace understandings of suburban activism. 

Editor Christopher Niedt and his contributors shed light on organizing and conflict in the suburbs with historical and contemporary case studies. Chapters address topical issues ranging from how suburbanites actively fought school segregation to industrial pollution and displacement along the suburban-rural fringe. Social Justice in Diverse Suburbs also considers struggles for integration and environmental justice as well as efforts to preserve suburban history and organize immigrant communities.

Contributors include: Douglas R. Appler, Aaron Cavin, Nancy A. Denton, Lisa Feldstein, Casey Gallagher, Anne Galletta, Joseph Gibbons, Robert Gioielli, Lucas Owen Kirkpatrick, JoAnna Mitchell-Brown, Manuel Pastor, john a. powell, Jason Reece, Alex Schafran, June Williamson, and the editor.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. p. C
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. 1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. Part I. Race, Class, and Exclusion in the Twenty-First Century
  2. pp. 11-12
  1. 2. Twenty-First-Century Suburban Demography: Increasing Diversity Yet Lingering Exclusion
  2. pp. 13-30
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  1. 3. The Suburban Geography of Moral Panic: Low-Income Housing and the Revanchist Fringe
  2. pp. 31-53
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  1. 4. Protest on the Astroturf at Downtown Silver Spring: July 4, 2007
  2. pp. 54-70
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  1. Part II. Revealing Activist Histories
  2. pp. 71-72
  1. 5. “In the Spirit of Equality”: Conflict, Dissonance, and the Potential for Transformative Educational Change
  2. pp. 73-90
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  1. 6. Not Quite Suburban: Progressive Activism in Postwar Chicago
  2. pp. 91-104
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  1. 7. Fringe Politics: Suburban Expansion and the Mexican American Struggle for Alviso, California
  2. pp. 105-126
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  1. Part III. Sustaining Social Justice in the Diverse Suburb
  2. pp. 127-128
  1. 8. Maywood, Not Mayberry: Latinos and Suburbia in Los Angeles County
  2. pp. 129-154
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  1. 9. Black, Brown, White, and Green: Race, Land Use, and Environmental Politics in a Changing Richmond
  2. pp. 155-171
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  1. 10. Public Archaeology and Sense of Place in Alexandria, Virginia: An Exploration of the Changing Significance of Fort Ward Park
  2. pp. 172-184
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  1. 11. First Suburbs and Nonprofit Housing: How Do Urban CDCs Develop Affordable Housing in Suburban Communities?
  2. pp. 185-212
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  1. 12. The Future of Fair Housing in a Diverse Suburbia
  2. pp. 213-228
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  1. References
  2. pp. 229-254
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  1. Contributors
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781439910511
Related ISBN
9781439910504
MARC Record
OCLC
844367109
Pages
252
Launched on MUSE
2013-08-12
Language
English
Open Access
No
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