Race and Place in Birmingham: The Civil Rights and Neighborhood Movements

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This pioneering book explores the implications of postmodernism for the black community through an analysis of the civil rights and neighborhood movements in Birmingham. Grounded not only in class struggle, the Civil Rights Movement was tied to the politics of racial identity, the neighborhood movement to the politics of place identity. Bobby M. Wilson critically examines these two movements, which together transformed race and place in Birmingham. He shows that although the civil rights struggle and neighborhood...
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Overview

This pioneering book explores the implications of postmodernism for the black community through an analysis of the civil rights and neighborhood movements in Birmingham. Grounded not only in class struggle, the Civil Rights Movement was tied to the politics of racial identity, the neighborhood movement to the politics of place identity. Bobby M. Wilson critically examines these two movements, which together transformed race and place in Birmingham. He shows that although the civil rights struggle and neighborhood empowerment served a valuable purpose, they cannot now overcome post-Fordist forces of domination and exclusion. Successful political movements, the author argues, must venture beyond the politics of identity and difference based on race and neighborhood.
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Editorial Reviews

The Alabama Review
This book is worthy of serious cosideration by dedicated students of Alabama history and by dedicated students of postmodern social, political, and economic movements.
Choice
Highly recommended for those who want to gain the most current knowledge on how social change at the neighborhood level is linked to national movements and outcomes, and vice-versa.
The Labor History
For historians too busy in the archives to keep abreast of theoretical trends, Wilson offers a gateway. Wilson offers a refreshing corrective to those who continue to celebrate difference and exaggerate worker's agency.
Economic Geography
A provocative book.
Urban Studies
These two books [America's Johannesburg and Race and Place in Birmingham by Bobby M. Wilson] are extremely important and every urban scholar should read them. Most significant, Wilson has constructed a theoretical and conceptual framework that can be used to study the Black experience across time, as well as at specific moments in time.
CHOICE
Highly recommended for those who want to gain the most current knowledge on how social change at the neighborhood level is linked to national movements and outcomes, and vice-versa.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847694822
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Edition number: 288
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Bobby M. Wilson is associate professor of geography and public affairs, University of Alabama at Birmingham.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: Postmodernity and Identity Politics Chapter 2 The Modernist Cultural Form Chapter 3 Birmingham: The South’s Modern City Chapter 4 Restructuring the Black Community Chapter 5 The Rise of Modern Mass Consumption and the Fall of Class Chapter 6 Postmodernity and Black Identity Chapter 7 White Resistance Chapter 8 The Battle for Birmingham Chapter 9 The Southern Shift to Fordism: Leverage for Civil Rights Chapter 10 The Keynesian Welfare Regime and the New Social Policy Chapter 11 The Coming of Post-Fordism Chapter 12 The Racialized Order of Post-Fordism Chapter 13 The Decline of the Keynesian Welfare State Chapter 14 Neighborhood Empowerment: The Politics of Place Chapter 15 Conclusion: Beyond the Postmodern Politics of Identity and Difference
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