The World in Brooklyn

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

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 430 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 27.94mm | 635.03g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0739190636
  • 9780739190630

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Introduction: The World in Brooklyn Judith N. DeSena and Timothy Shortell Chapter 2: Mapping a Changing Brooklyn, Mapping a Changing World: Gentrification and Immigration, 2000-2008 Lorna Mason, Ed Morlock and Christina Pisano Chapter 3: Forgetting Poverty in Brooklyn and the U.S. William DiFazio Chapter 4: Gentrification in Everyday Life in Brooklyn Judith N. DeSena Chapter 5: "Williamsburg Walks": Public Space and Community Events in a Gentrified Neighborhood Sara Martucci Chapter 6: The Environmental Injustice of Green Gentrification: The Case of Brooklyn's Prospect Park Kenneth A. Gould and Tammy L. Lewis Chapter 7: Rezoning Coney Island: A History of Decline and Revival, of Heroes and Villains at the "People's Playground Alessandro Busa Chapter 8: The Gowanus Canal: Local Politics of "Superfunding" Status Shanna Farrell Chapter 9: Striving for Sustainability on the Urban Waterfront: The Case of Newtown Creek Steve Lang Chapter 10: Riding the Bus in Brooklyn: Seeing the Spectacle of Everyday Multicultural Life Jerome Krase Chapter 11: Brooklyn and Belleville: On the Visual Semiotics of Ethnic Identity in Two Immigrant Neighborhoods Timothy Shortell Chapter 12: Constructing an Oppositional Community: Sunset Park and the Politics of Organizing Across Difference Mark Treskon Chapter 13: An Ethnography of Local Politics in a Brooklyn Caribbean Community Evrick Brown Chapter 14: The Dual Roles of Brighton Beach: A Local and Global Community Phyllis Conn Chapter 15: Hood Politics: Charter Schools, Race and Gentrification in Fort Greene Noel S. Anderson Chapter 16: Revising Canarsie: Racial Transition and Neighborhood Stability in Brooklyn Jennifer Candipan, Roberta Cordeau, Mark Peterson, Nicole Riordan, Bengisu Peker, Danielle Shallow and Gregory Smithsimon
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Mobility defines Brooklyn, a place of arrival and aspiration. Waves of immigrants have shaped and reshaped the borough's neighborhoods; gentrifiers have discovered and revived its brownstone-lined streets, recreating value destroyed by periods of municipal divestment. In this sense, Brooklyn is more like other cities than not. This edited volume balances these universal, generalizable aspects with particular historical-geographical perspectives on Brooklyn's diversities. The second chapter analyzes demographic trends, using maps to show where various ethnic groups have settled over the past decade. The following chapters effectively use case studies to examine gentrification, productions of space, and politics. Oft-examined neighborhoods such as Coney Island and Williamsburg are included, as well as less familiar places such as Canarsie and Sunset Park. Unique perspectives on places, such as education politics in Fort Greene and the visual semiotics of immigrant retail landscapes, add interest. Chapters are uniformly well written, with clear literature reviews that establish theoretical frameworks supported by ethnographic fieldwork, interviews, statistics, and other forms of qualitative and quantitative data. This attention to method makes this collection particularly well suited for use in a variety of courses. Many illustrations, graphs, and tables enhance an already lively text. Summing Up: Highly recommended. CHOICE Judith N. DeSena and Timothy Shortell have produced an invaluable compendium of original essays about Brooklyn's changing social worlds. Their book is a must read for anyone concerned with urban change and social justice. They also prove that Thomas Wolfe was wrong: not only the dead know Brooklyn. These essays by highly dedicated, living scholars capture the joys and struggles of life in the nation's greatest borough. -- William Kornblum, City University of New York DeSena and Shortell bring together a stellar cast of scholars who use demographic, ethnographic, and comparative data to offer a fresh perspective on race, ethnicity and class in Brooklyn's changing neighborhoods. It is a must-read for anybody interested in understanding gentrification and growing inequality after the Great Recession. -- Bruce Haynes, University of California, Davis
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About Judith DeSena

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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