The World in Brooklyn: Gentrification, Immigration, and Ethnic Politics in a Global City

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Judith N. DeSena, Timothy Shortell
Lexington Books, 2012 - Social Science - 418 pages
The World in Brooklyn: Gentrification, Immigration, and Ethnic Politics in a Global City, is a collection of scholarly papers which analyze demographic, social, political, and economic trends that are occurring in Brooklyn. Brooklyn, as the context, reflects global forces while also contributing to them. The idea for this volume developed as the editors discovered a group of scholars from different disciplines and various universities studying Brooklyn. Brooklyn has always been legendary and has more recently regained its stature as a much sought after place to live, work and have fun. Popular folklore has it that most U.S. residents trace their family origins to Brooklyn. It is presently referred to as one of the "hippest" places in New York. Thus, this book is a collection of demographic, ethnographic, and comparative studies which focus on urban dynamics in Brooklyn. The chapters investigate issues of social class, urban development, immigration, race, ethnicity and politics within the context of Brooklyn. As a whole, this book considers both theoretical and practical urban issues. In most cases the scholarly perspective is on everyday life. With this in mind there are also social justice concerns. Issues of social segregation and attendant homogenization are brought to light. Moreover, social class and race advantages or disadvantages, as part of urban processes, are underscored through critiques of local policy decisions throughout the chapters. A common thread is the assertion by contributors that planning the future of Brooklyn needs to include multi-ethnic, racial, and economic groups, those very residents who make-up Brooklyn.
 

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Contents

Chapter 01 Introduction
1
Chapter 02 Mapping a Changing Brooklyn Mapping a Changing World
7
Chapter 03 Forgetting Poverty in Brooklyn and the United States
51
Chapter 04 Gentrification in Everyday Life in Brooklyn
65
Chapter 05 Williamsburg Walks
89
Chapter 06 The Environmental Injustice of Green Gentrification
113
Chapter 07 Rezoning Coney Island
147
Chapter 08 The Gowanus Canal
185
Chapter 11 Brooklyn and Belleville
259
Chapter 12 Constructing an Oppositional Community
289
Chapter 13 An Ethnography of Local Politics in a Brooklyn Caribbean Community
313
Chapter 14 The Dual Roles of Brighton Beach
337
Chapter 15 Hood Politics
363
Chapter 16 Revising Canarsie
379
Index
407
About the Contributors
413

Chapter 09 Striving for Sustainability on the Urban Waterfront
211
Chapter 10 Riding the Bus in Brooklyn
237

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Judith N. DeSena is professor of sociology at St. John's University.

Timothy Shortell is director of the MA program in sociology at Brooklyn College.

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