The Tenants of East Harlem / Edition 1

The Tenants of East Harlem / Edition 1

by Russell Leigh Sharman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520247477

ISBN-13: 9780520247475

Pub. Date: 08/03/2006

Publisher: University of California Press

Rich with the textures and rhythms of street life, The Tenants of East Harlem is an absorbing and unconventional biography of a neighborhood told through the life stories of seven residents whose experiences there span nearly a century. Modeled on the ethnic distinctions that divide the community, the book portrays the old guard of East Harlem: Pete, one

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Rich with the textures and rhythms of street life, The Tenants of East Harlem is an absorbing and unconventional biography of a neighborhood told through the life stories of seven residents whose experiences there span nearly a century. Modeled on the ethnic distinctions that divide the community, the book portrays the old guard of East Harlem: Pete, one of the last Italian holdouts; José, a Puerto Rican; and Lucille, an African American. Side by side with these representatives of a century of ethnic succession are the newcomers: Maria, an undocumented Mexican; Mohamed, a West African entrepreneur; Si Zhi, a Chinese immigrant and landlord; and, finally, the author himself, a reluctant beneficiary of urban renewal. Russell Leigh Sharman deftly weaves these oral histories together with fine-grained ethnographic observations and urban history to examine the ways that immigration, housing, ethnic change, gentrification, race, class, and gender have affected the neighborhood over time. Providing unique access to the nuances of inner-city life, The Tenants of East Harlem shows how roots sink so quickly in a community that has always hosted the transient, how new immigrants are challenging the claims of the old, and how that cycle is threatened as never before by the specter of gentrification.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520247475
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
08/03/2006
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
258
Sales rank:
1,430,014
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
1East Harlem1
2Pleasant Avenue: The Italians21
3106th Street: The Puerto Ricans49
4125th Street: The African Americans79
5116th Street: The Mexicans105
6Third Avenue: The West Africans135
7Second Avenue: The Chinese161
8Urban "Renewal" and the Final Migration191
Notes209
Bibliography229
Index237

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