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

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

by Bobby M. Wilson
     
 

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

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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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847694822
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/2000
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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