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American Project: The Rise and Fall of a Modern Ghetto

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High-rise public housing developments were signature features of the post-World War II city. A hopeful experiment in providing temporary, inexpensive housing for all Americans, the "projects" soon became synonymous with the black urban poor, with isolation and overcrowding, with drugs, gang violence, and neglect. As the wrecking ball brings down some of these concrete monoliths, Sudhir Venkatesh seeks to reexamine public housing from the inside out, and to salvage its troubled legacy. Based on nearly a decade of fieldwork in Chicago's Robert Taylor Homes, American Project is the first comprehensive story of daily life in an American public housing complex.

Venkatesh draws on his relationships with tenants, gang members, police officers, and local organizations to offer an intimate portrait of an inner-city community that journalists and the public have only viewed from a distance. Challenging the conventional notion of public housing as a failure, this startling book re-creates tenants' thirty-year effort to build a safe and secure neighborhood: their political battles for services from an indifferent city bureaucracy, their daily confrontation with entrenched poverty, their painful decisions about whether to work with or against the street gangs whose drug dealing both sustained and imperiled their lives.

American Project explores the fundamental question of what makes a community viable. In his chronicle of tenants' political and personal struggles to create a decent place to live, Venkatesh brings us to the heart of the matter.

Synopsis:

High-rise public housing developments were signature features of the post-World War II city. A hopeful experiment in providing temporary, inexpensive housing for all Americans, the "projects" soon became synonymous with the black urban poor, with isolation and overcrowding, with drugs, gang violence, and neglect. As the wrecking ball brings down some of these concrete monoliths, Sudhir Venkatesh seeks to reexamine public housing from the inside out, and to salvage its troubled legacy.

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2000 Association of American Publishers PSP Award for Excellence, Sociology and Anthropology Category

About the Author

Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh is Professor of Sociology and African-American Studies at Columbia University.

Department of Sociology, Columbia University

Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

Introduction

1. A Place to Call Home

2. Doing the Hustle

3. "What's It Like to Be in Hell?"

4. Tenants Face Off with the Gang

5. Street-Gang Diplomacy

6. The Beginning of the End of a Modern Ghetto

Author's Note

Notes

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674008304
Foreword:
Wilson, William Julius
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Foreword by:
Wilson, William Julius
Foreword:
Wilson, William Julius
Author:
Venkatesh, Sudhir Alladi
Author:
Wilson, William Julius
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Subject:
General
Subject:
Sociology - Urban
Subject:
Housing
Subject:
Inner cities
Subject:
Inner cities -- Illinois -- Chicago.
Subject:
Public housing -- Illinois -- Chicago.
Subject:
Sociology-Urban Studies
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
April 2002
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
none
Pages:
360
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 18 oz

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