Race, Space, and Riots in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles by Janet L. Abu-LughodRace, Space, and Riots in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles by Janet L. Abu-Lughod

Race, Space, and Riots in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles

byJanet L. Abu-Lughod

Paperback | July 23, 2012

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American society has been long plagued by cycles of racial violence, most dramatically in the 1960s when hundreds of ghetto uprisings erupted across American cities. Though the larger, underlying causes of contentious race relations have remained the same, the lethality, intensity, andoutcomes of these urban rebellions have varied widely. What accounts for these differences? And what lessons can be learned that might reduce the destructive effects of riots and move race relations forward? This impressive, meticulously detailed study is the first attempt to compare six major race riots that occurred in the three largest American urban areas during the course of the twentieth century: in Chicago in 1919 and 1968; in New York in 1935/1943 and 1964; and in Los Angeles in 1965 and 1992.Race, Space, and Riots in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles weaves together detailed narratives of each riot, placing them in their changing historical contexts and showing how urban space, political regimes, and economic conditions - not simply an abstract "race conflict" - have structured thenature and extent of urban rebellions. Building on her previous groundbreaking comparative history of these three cities, Janet Abu-Lughod draws upon archival research, primary sources, case studies, and personal observations to reconstruct events - especially for the 1964 Harlem-Bedford Stuyvesant uprising and Chicago's 1968 riots whereno documented studies are available. By focusing on the similarities and differences in each city, identifying the unique and persisting issues, and evaluating the ways political leaders, law enforcement, and the local political culture have either defused or exacerbated urban violence, this bookpoints the way toward alleviating long-standing ethnic and racial tensions. A masterful analysis from a renowned urbanist, Race, Space, and Riots in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles offers a deeper understanding of past - and future - urban race relations while emphasizing that until persistent racial and economic inequalities are meaningfully resolved, the tensionsleading to racial violence will continue to exist in America's cities and betray our professed democratic values.
Janet L. Abu-Lughod is professor emerita of sociology at Northwestern University and the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research. She is the author of numerous books, most recently New York, Chicago, Los Angeles: America's Global Cities. In 1999 she received the Robert and Helen Lynd Award of the Section on Community and...
Title:Race, Space, and Riots in Chicago, New York, and Los AngelesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:360 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:July 23, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface and AcknowledgmentsList of MapsList of Tables1. An Overview of Race Riots in New York, Chicago and Los AngelesPart I: Chicago's Struggles to Control Space2. The Bloody Riot of 1919 and its Consequences3. The Black Uprising after King's Assassination in 1968Epilogue post-1968Part II: New York's Struggles for Equity and Social Justice4. The Harlem Revolts of 1935 and 19435. The Harlem-Bedford Stuyvesant Uprising of 1964EpiloguePart III: Los Angeles' Futile Uprisings6. The Watts Rebellion of 19657. Riot Redux: South Central, 1992Epilogue8. Explaining Differences, Predicting ConvergenceA Look to the FutureBibliographiesGeneral and Comparative SourcesThe Chicago CaseThe New York CaseThe Los Angeles CaseIndex

Editorial Reviews

"Marshalling her unparalleled knowledge of the ecology, economy, culture and politics of New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, Janet Abu-Lughod has produced the first in-depth comparative analysis of the major race riots that rocked America during the sweep of the twentieth century. Construingblack-white clashes as 'urban disasters,' she skillfully reveals how the ramifying fissures of caste, class, and power were angled and entangled differently in these three cities. Her historically grounded case comparison invites us to move beyond structural accounts of collective violence to mapthe varied configurations of time, space, and conflict that cause, dampen, or thwart rioting. A fitting capstone to the lifework of the leading urban scholar of her generation, this bold book will stimulate scholars to revise their models of racial domination and urban protest." --Loic Wacquant, author of Body and Soul and Urban Outcasts