The New Chicago: A Social and Cultural Analysis / Edition 1

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Overview

For generations, visitors, journalists, and social scientists alike have asserted that Chicago is the quintessentially American city. Indeed, the introduction to The New Chicago reminds us that "to know America, you must know Chicago." The contributors boldly announce the demise of the city of broad shoulders and the transformation of its physical, social, cultural, and economic institutions into a new Chicago. In this wide-ranging book, twenty scholars, journalists, and activists, relying on data from the 2000 census and many years of direct experience with the city, identify five converging forces in American urbanization which are reshaping this storied metropolis. The twenty-six essays included here analyze Chicago by way of globalization and its impact on the contemporary city; economic restructuring; the evolution of machine-style politics into managerial politics; physical transformations of the central city and its suburbs; and race relations in a multicultural era. In elaborating on the effects of these broad forces, contributors detail the role of eight significant racial, ethnic, and immigrant communities in shaping the character of the new Chicago and present ten case studies of innovative governmental, grassroots, and civic action.

Multifaceted and authoritative, The New Chicago offers an important and unique portrait of an emergent and new "Windy City."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592130887
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

1 An overview and point of view 3
2 Globalization and the remaking of Chicago 19
3 Economic restructuring : Chicago's precarious balance 32
4 Chicago's new politics of growth 44
5 The physical transformation of metropolitan Chicago 56
Chicago's central area 56
The emergent suburban landscape 77
6 Race relations Chicago style : past, present, and future 82
7 Chicago : the immigrant capital of the Heartland 97
8 Latinos of the new Chicago 105
9 New Chicago Polonia : urban and suburban 115
10 Asian Indians in Chicago 128
11 Re-visioning Filipino American communities : evolving identities, issues, and organizations 141
12 The Korean presence in Chicago 154
13 Chicago's Chinese Americans : from Chinatown and beyond 168
14 Immigrants from the Arab world 182
15 Immigrants at work 197
16 The rebirth of Bronzeville : contested space and contrasting visions 213
17 Devon avenue : a world market 221
18 The affordable housing crisis in the Chicago region 231
19 Back to its roots : the industrial areas foundation and united power for action and justice 239
20 Chicago school reform : advancing the global city agenda 248
21 Police and the globalizing city : innovation and contested reinvention 259
22 Transforming public housing 269
23 Regionalism in a historically divided metropolis 277
24 Coalition politics at America's premier transportation hub 286
25 Urban beautification : the construction of a new identity in Chicago 295
26 Learning from Chicago 305
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