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9781579582807

Race and Urban Space in American Culture

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  • ISBN13:

    9781579582807

  • ISBN10:

    157958280X

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2000-07-01
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Summary

This innovative study looks at the formation of ethnic and racial identities in relation to the development of urban culture. The concept of "urban space" provides the means of organization for comprehensive illustrations of a series of themes, including white paranoia and urban decline; imagined urban communities; urban crime and justice; the racialized underclass; globalization; and new ethnicities. Race and Urban Space in American Culturefocuses on a wide range of contemporary film and literature (including works by African-American, Irish-American, Hispanic, Puerto Rican, and Iranian-American authors), and examines the ways in which representations of urban space define issues of rights, community and citizenship.

Author Biography

Liam Kennedy is Senior Lecturer in American Studies at the University of Birmingham, England.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix
Series Editor's Introduction xi
Introduction: The Miasma of Urbanisation 1(1)
Postmodern Urbanism and the Crisis of Urbanity
2(6)
Urban Space and Representation
8(9)
White Noise
17(32)
`It's the Third World Down There': The Bonfire of the Vanities
20(13)
Alien Nation: Falling Down
33(9)
Helter Skelter: Strange Days
42(7)
Once Upon a Time in America
49(41)
Lieux de Memoire: Roots and Routes of Urban Literatures
51(8)
Cities of Exile: Ironweed and This Side of Brightness
59(12)
Freedom Cities: Jazz and Philadelphia Fire
71(19)
Between Pathology and Redemption
90(38)
How the Other Half Survives: There Are No Children Here
93(6)
How the Other Half Strives: Hoop Dreams
99(6)
Urban Necropolis: The New American Ghetto
105(10)
The New Ghetto Cinema: Boys N the Hood and Just Another Girl on the IRT
115(13)
Spatial Justice
128(41)
Black Noir: Devil in a Blue Dress
132(14)
You Can't Go Home Again: Richard Price's Clockers
146(11)
Only the Dead Know Brooklyn: Spike Lee's Clockers
157(12)
Conclusion: Citizens and Strangers 169(6)
Index 175

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