A Plague On Your Houses

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Overview

A Plague on Your Houses is a scorching indictment of the decision to close fire companies in New York in the 1970s and a frightening study of the way misguided and malevolent social policy can spark a chain reaction of enormous and unforeseen urban collapse.
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Editorial Reviews

JAMA
A Plague on Your Houses deserves attention for its insights into the connections among urban communities and the ease with which diseases and social problems of the poor and vulnerable can spread into the mainstream and the suburbs. It asks new questions about the determinants of urban decay and public health, and challenges the dominant paradigm of disease causation mostly related to individual choices and lifestyles.”
Mike Davis
A Plague on Your Houses breaks new ground for a political ecology of urban decay. It is also a provocative foretale of what 'radical urban science' might be.”
Critical Public Health
“This is a book which transcends the boundaries between politics, theory, empirical research and political activism. When was the last time you read something that really describes how the connections between policy, community and individual characteristics actually work? Wallace and Wallace have woven 20 years' worth of research, passion and action from the front line into an astonishing narrative.”
From the Publisher
A Plague on Your Houses breaks new ground for a political ecology of urban decay. It is also a provocative foretale of what ‘radical urban science’ might be.”—Mike Davis

“This is a book which transcends the boundaries between politics, theory, empirical research and political activism. When was the last time you read something that really describes how the connections between policy, community and individual characteristics actually work? Wallace and Wallace have woven 20 years’ worth of research, passion and action from the front line into an astonishing narrative.”—Critical Public Health.

A Plague on Your Houses deserves attention for its insights into the connections among urban communities and the ease with which diseases and social problems of the poor and vulnerable can spread into the mainstream and the suburbs. It asks new questions about the determinants of urban decay and public health, and challenges the dominant paradigm of disease causation mostly related to individual choices and lifestyles.”—JAMA

Journal of the American Medical Association
A Plague on Your Houses deserves attention for its insights into the connections among urban communities and the ease with which diseases and social problems of the poor and vulnerable can spread into the mainstream and the suburbs.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859842539
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 11/17/2001
  • Series: Haymarket Series
  • Pages: 242
  • Product dimensions: 0.55 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Deborah Wallace is the author of In the Mouth of the Dragon: Toxic Fires in the Age of Plastics and, with Rodrick Wallace, Studies on the Collapse of the Fire Service in New York City. She works as an ecologist for Consumers’ union.

Rodrick Wallace is a research scientist in the Department of Mental Health Epidemiology at the New York State Psychiatric institute.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction
Introduction to Part One: Baptism by Fire 3
1 Setting the Scene 9
2 Benign Neglect and Planned Shrinkage 21
3 A Plague on Houses: Contagious Fires 47
Introduction to Part Two: Epidemics 81
4 Tuberculosis: The Captain of All the Men of Death 83
5 Substance Abuse 109
6 AIDS: Incurable and Fatal 123
7 Epidemics Galore 137
Introduction to Part Three: Beyond New York City and Policy 157
8 Metropolitan Region and Nation 159
9 Policy to Heal the Wounds 185
10 The 1990s: Fighting the Symptoms 195
Notes 207
Index 217
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