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After America's Midlife Crisis [NOOK Book]


A longtime community organizer outlines a way to reverse the fifty-year decline in social mobility and economic progress.
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A longtime community organizer outlines a way to reverse the fifty-year decline in social mobility and economic progress.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Starred Review.

Using plain but deft language, longtime community organizer Gecan (Going Public: An Organizer's Guide to Citizen Action) diagnoses the range of problems threatening the country, community by community, as our institutions grow unreliable and corrupt: "No longer young... no longer without apparent limitations or constraints, these places, like people, have developed ways of avoiding reality," including (PR-supported) denial, gimmicks (buying soccer teams, leasing landmarks), blaming others (today, usually Hispanics and Muslims), and withdrawing ("White flight"). He also examines the potential for failure in the present administration's approach to the working poor, identifying on-the-ground conditions as a major blind spot for both of the cultural forces behind President Obama-elite academia, and the old-school Chicago political machine. Later sections explore the work of community organizers in Chicago, New York and elsewhere, "experiments that have already transformed parts of cities and counties and regions," and draw vivid conclusions for policy and politics in general. Exposing the crimes of exploitative politicians, real estate agents and the foreclosure industry, Gecan makes it clear that the fleecing of the American worker is a problem comparable in scope, ethics and injustice to American slavery.
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From the Publisher
"In this practical little book, he [Gecan] offers observations and suggestions for pulling America's cities and suburbs back from the brink of decrepitude and dysfunction."Susan Salter Reynolds Los Angeles Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262258210
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 10/27/2009
  • Series: Boston Review Books
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 119 KB

Meet the Author

Michael Gecan, a veteran organizer who trained with Saul Alinsky, is an executive member of the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF). He has worked in both Chicago and New York City and is the author of Going Public: An Organizer's Guide to Citizen Action.

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Table of Contents

Introduction The Triangle 1

1 On Borrowed Time 25

2 New Experiments for an Old Problem 55

3 A Fair Start 103

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