Norman Street: Poverty and Politics in an Urban Neighborhood, Updated Edition

Paperback | August 11, 2012

byIda Susser

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Norman Street is the first serious examination of a scenario that appears likely to be played out again and again as federal budget policies result in reduced services for urban areas across the country. Based on a three-year study conducted in Brooklyn's Greenpoint/Williamsburg section, thebook is an in-depth, detailed description of life in a multi-ethnic working class neighborhood during New York City's fiscal crisis of 1975-78. Now updated with a new introduction to address the changes and events of the thirty years since the book's original publication, its lessons continue todemonstrate the impact of political and economic changes on everyday lives.Relating local events to national policy, Susser deals directly with issues and problems that face industrial cities nationwide: ethnic and race relations are analyzed within the context of community organization and local politics; the impact of landlord/tenant relations, housing discrimination,and red-lining are examined; and the effects on the urban poor of gentrification are documented. Since neighborhood issues are often of primary concern to women, much of the book concerns the role of women as community organizers and their integration of this role with domesticresponsibilities.

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Norman Street is the first serious examination of a scenario that appears likely to be played out again and again as federal budget policies result in reduced services for urban areas across the country. Based on a three-year study conducted in Brooklyn's Greenpoint/Williamsburg section, thebook is an in-depth, detailed description of...

Ida Susser is Professor of Anthropology at Hunter College at the City University of New York Graduate Center.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:August 11, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195367308

ISBN - 13:9780195367300

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Updated Edition1. Introduction2. A Changing Neighborhood3. A Changing Workplace and Its Consequences4. The Welfare System: Interaction Between Officials and Clients5. The Welfare System: Regulations and the Life of a Welfare Recipient6. Landlord-Tenant Relations7. Cooperation and Conflict in a Block Association8. Making Things Work9. Kinship, Friendship, and Support10. Save the Firehouse!11. The Sources of Political Control12. ConclusionBibliographyIndexIndex of Pseudonyms