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A neighborhood politics of last resort : post-Katrina New Orleans and the right to the city / Stephen Danley.

Author/Creator:
Danley, Stephen D., author.
Publication:
Montreal ; Kingston ; London ; Chicago : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2018
Format/Description:
Book
189 pages ; 23 cm.
Series:
McGill-Queen's studies in urban governance ; 10.
McGill-Queen's studies in urban governance ; 10
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Subjects:
Hurricane Katrina (2005).
Neighborhoods -- Political aspects -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- Case studies.
Social advocacy -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- Case studies.
Social movements -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- Case studies.
Citizens' associations -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- Case studies.
Community life -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- Case studies.
Hurricane Katrina, 2005 -- Social aspects -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- Case studies.
New Orleans (La.) -- Social conditions -- 21st century -- Case studies.
Citizens' associations.
Community life.
Social advocacy.
Social aspects.
Social conditions.
Social movements.
Louisiana -- New Orleans.
Form/Genre:
Case studies.
Case studies.
Summary:
"The steep rise in neighborhood associations in post-Katrina New Orleans is commonly presented in starkly positive or negative terms--either romanticized narratives of community influence or dismissals of false consciousness and powerlessness to elite interests. In A Neighborhood Politics of Last Resort Stephen Danley offers a messier and ultimately more complete picture of these groups as simultaneously crucial but tenuous social actors. Through a comparative case study based on extensive fieldwork in post-Katrina New Orleans, Danley follows activists in their efforts to rebuild their communities, while also examining the dark underbelly of NIMBYism ("not in my back yard"), characterized by racism and classism. He elucidates how neighborhood activists were tremendously inspired in their defense of their communities, at times outwitting developers or other perceived threats to neighborhood life, but they could be equally creative in discriminating against potential neighbors and fighting to keep others out of their communities. Considering the plight of grassroots activism in the context of national and global urban challenges, A Neighborhood Politics of Last Resort immerses the reader in the daily minutiae of post-Katrina life to reveal how multiple groups responded to the same crisis with inconsistent and often ad-hoc approaches, visions, and results."-- Provided by publisher.
"The steep rise in neighborhood associations in post-Katrina New Orleans is commonly presented in starkly positive or negative terms--either romanticized narratives of community influence or dismissals of false consciousness and powerlessness to elite interests. In A Neighborhood Politics of Last Resort Stephen Danley offers a messier and ultimately more complete picture of these groups as simultaneously crucial but tenuous social actors. Through a comparative case study based on extensive fieldwork in post-Katrina New Orleans, Danley follows activists in their efforts to rebuild their communities, while also examining the dark underbelly of NIMBYism ("not in my back yard"), characterized by racism and classism. He elucidates how neighborhood activists were tremendously inspired in their defense of their communities, at times outwitting developers or other perceived threats to neighborhood life, but they could be equally creative in discriminating against potential neighbors and fighting to keep others outof their communities. Considering the plight of grassroots activism in the context of national and global urban challenges, A Neighborhood Politics of Last Resort immerses the reader in the daily minutiae of post-Katrina life to reveal how multiple groups responded to the same crisis with inconsistent and often ad-hoc approaches, visions, and results."-- Provided by publisher.
Contents:
The right to New Orleans
The neighborhood : a neoliberal contradiction
Neighborhood populism and broken windows
Hiding behind letterhead
Can nimbys fight for justice?
How far will activists go for their neighborhoods? And what does it mean for the right to the city?
A politics of last resort.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (pages [171]-183) and index.
Other format:
Danley, Stephen D. Neighborhood politics of last resort.
ISBN:
0773554890
9780773554894
9780773554887
0773554882
OCLC:
1031341301