Working-Class Heroes: Protecting Home, Community, and Nation in a Chicago Neighborhood

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University of California Press, Feb 17, 2003 - Social Science - 217 pages
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Chicago's Southwest Side is one of the last remaining footholds for the city's white working class, a little-studied and little-understood segment of the American population. This book paints a nuanced and complex portrait of the firefighters, police officers, stay-at-home mothers, and office workers living in the stable working-class community known as Beltway. Building on the classic Chicago School of urban studies and incorporating new perspectives from cultural geography and sociology, Maria Kefalas considers the significance of home, community, and nation for Beltway residents.
 

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Contents

Rethinking Race in the Ethnic White Enclave
31
A Precious Corner of the World
62
Home Sweet Home
98
For Country and Home
126
The Last Garden
156
NOTES
170
BIBLIOGRAPHY
184
INDEX
198
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Maria Kefalas is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Saint Joseph's University.

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