By: Euan Hague, Department of Geography; Larry Bennett, Department of Political Science; Roberta Garner, Department of Sociology
This edited collection of 11 chapters provides an analyses of Chicago in the past 25-30 years. The contributors examine topics such as housing and urban development, racial segregation, environmental changes, changing policing strategies, historic preservation, de-industrialization and the enduring myth of Chicago as a "blue collar" city. The book demonstrates that neoliberal urban policies pursued by Mayors Daley and Emmanuel have created a city that is fractured and divided by race, class, neighborhood and multiple other factors.
What makes your book or chapter different or unique from others in the same genre?
This book is a recent geopolitical history; most books about Chicago seem to focus on 19th century development of the city and its stockyards. "Neoliberal Chicago" takes a critical and analytical lens to the impacts on the ground of 25-30 years of urban policies and political realignments that have seen foreclosures, gentrification, Hispanic immigration, privatization and environmental injustice. The book argues that Chicago is a "paradigmatic" city for the examination of the impact neoliberal urban and economic policies have on different neighborhoods and residents.
About the authors:
Euan Hague is a professor of geography at DePaul, and an urban and cultural geographer who has examined issues of gentrification, racism, whiteness and national identity. His work focuses on Pilsen in Chicago and Scottish-American cultural relations.
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