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A Nation of Neighborhoods: Imagining Cities, Communities, and Democracy in Postwar America

Benjamin Looker


A Nation of Neighborhoods investigates what the concept of “neighborhood” came to mean to Americans who grappled with vast changes in their urban spaces from World War II to the Reagan era. Across these four decades, the neighborhood constantly reemerged into American social discourse as an imaginative site for fiercely contested models of civic and communal life. In an implicit challenge to the longstanding suburban ideal, urban activists, artists, politicians, writers, and everyday citizens continually harnessed the localist ideals of neighborhood and neighborliness as a way to make sense of ... More

Keywords: neighborhood, neighborliness, city, urban, postwar, cultural texts, American

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226073989
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226290454.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Benjamin Looker, author
Saint Louis University

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