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

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Springer, Nov 12, 2013 - Political Science - 270 pages
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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.
 

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This is a book of great importance to anyone who is interested in the overall understanding of the current political landscape, not only in Newark but, nation wide. What took place in Newark migrated into other areas of The United States and indeed the work in Newark is till moving into mostly urban areas of this Country. I read this work initially with a sense of curiosity as my family originally came from this area and I still have a number of relatives ( Meranto and others ) in and around Newark. Most of the names are well familiar to me and perhaps should be known to all of America as what took place in Newark at that time had such an impact on our Nation. I found myself coming back to this work again and again each time leaving with a broader understanding of America. 

Contents

Acknowledgments
Newarks Sordid Past and Early Community Development
The 2002and2006 Mayoral Elections Bookers and James Challenges and Charges
The Mayors Identity Politics and Their Political
Bookers Community Development Initiatives
The 2010 Election and Bookers SecondTerm Honeymoon
Newark Booker and PostRacial Reality
Appendix
Notes
8
Index
37
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Jonathan L. Wharton is Assistant Professor at Stevens Institute of Technology, USA.

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