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Race and Place in Birmingham : The Civil Rights and Neighborhood Movements - Bobby M. Wilson

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, Alabama. 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.

This book is worthy of serious cosideration by dedicated students of Alabama history and by dedicated students of postmodern social, political, and economic movements. The Alabama Review Wilson is knowledgeable and insightful. CHOICE 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. The Labor History A provocative book. Economic Geography 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. Urban Studies 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. CHOICE

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Postmodernity and Identity Politicsp. 1
The Modernist Cultural Formp. 13
Birmingham: The South's Modern Cityp. 25
Restructuring the Black Communityp. 37
The Rise of Modern Mass Consumption and the Fall of Classp. 49
Postmodernity and Black Identityp. 65
White Resistancep. 79
The Battle for Birminghamp. 89
The Southern Shift to Fordism: Leverage for Civil Rightsp. 105
The Keynesian Welfare Regime and the New Social Policyp. 117
The Coming of Post-Fordismp. 131
The Racialized Order of Post-Fordismp. 147
The Decline of the Keynesian Welfare Statep. 173
Neighborhood Empowerment: The Politics of Placep. 189
Beyond the Postmodern Politics of Identity and Differencep. 205
Bibliographyp. 229
Indexp. 257
About the Authorp. 277
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ISBN: 9780847694839
ISBN-10: 0847694836
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 19th January 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.76 x 14.94  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.37