9781137277718

A Post-Racial Change Is Gonna Come Newark, Cory Booker, and the Transformation of Urban America

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    9781137277718

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    1137277718

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-11-12
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Summary

This work offers a political and historical analysis of Newark's modern politics since 1950, culminating with Mayor Cory Booker's rise to power and prominence both in the city and in American political consciousness. Newark's recent political history offers an interesting case study in mayoral elections, community development, and coalition building politics. While Newark is the quintessential post-industrial city, Booker has received critical attention for his post-racial politics since he frequently bypasses racial and traditional urban politics. At the same time, relations between the mayor, the municipal council, and Newark's diverse communities were often so fractious that sustainable coalition building proved to be an elusive goal to resolve longstanding crime, education, and other social problems. Based on original interviews with Cory Booker, city council members, and other prominent Newark politicians, A Post Racial Change is Gonna Come is a powerful history of how Newark became the focal point for transformative politics in urban America.

Author Biography

Jonathan Wharton is Assistant Professor of history and political science at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. Specializing in community development, state and local politics, he has followed urban politics in northern New Jersey for more than a decade. As a former Newark resident and policy researcher, Wharton monitored the mayoral elections and city hall politics in Newark and nearby municipalities. He currently lives across Newark Bay in Jersey City where he is active with his neighborhood association and county economic development committee.

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Synthesizing Racial Politics, Coalition Politics and Urban America
2. Newark's Sordid Past and Early Community Development Politics
3. The 2002 and 2006 Mayoral Elections
4. The Mayors' Identity Politics and Their Political Shortcomings
5. Booker's Community Development Initiatives
6. The 2010 Election and Booker's Second Term Honeymoon
7. Newark, Booker and Post-Racial Reality

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