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The Price of Paradise

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Beschreibung

American communities are facing chronic problems: fiscal stress, urban decline, environmental sprawl, mass incarceration, political isolation, disproportionate foreclosures and severe public health risks. In The Price of Paradise, David Troutt argues that it is a lack of mutuality in our local decision making that has led to this looming crisis facing cities and local governments.

Arguing that there are structural flaws in the American dream, Troutt investigates the role that place plays in our thinking and how we have organized our communities to create or deny opportunity. Legal rules and policies that promoted mobility for most citizens simultaneously stifled and segregated a growing minority by race, class and—most importantly—place.

A conversation about America at the crossroads, The Price of Paradise is a multilayered exploration of the legal, economic and cultural forces that contribute to the squeeze on the middle class, the hidden dangers of growing income and wealth inequality and the literature on how growth and consumption patterns are environmentally unsustainable. American communities are facing chronic problems: fiscal stress, urban decline, environmental sprawl, mass incarceration, political isolation, disproportionate foreclosures and severe public health risks. In The Price of Paradise, David Troutt argues that it is a lack of mutuality in our local decision making that has led to this looming crisis facing cities and local governments.

Arguing that there are structural flaws in the American dream, Troutt investigates the role that place plays in our thinking and how we have organized our communities to create or deny opportunity. Legal rules and policies that promoted mobility for most citizens simultaneously stifled and segregated a growing minority by race, class and—most importantly—place.

A conversation about America at the crossroads, The Price of Paradise is a multilayered exploration of the legal, economic and cultural forces that contribute to the squeeze on the middle class, the hidden dangers of growing income and wealth inequality and the literature on how growth and consumption patterns are environmentally unsustainable.



Autorentext

David Dante Troutt



Inhalt

Introduction
1 Mutuality: The Thief, the Preacher, and the Late-Night Lawyer
2 All This I Made Myself: Assuming That Middle-Class Lives Are Self-Sufficient
3 Keep Your Distance: Assuming That Middle-Class Status Requires Distance from the Poor
4 The Promise Half Empty: Assuming That Segregation Is a Thing of the Past
5 We Renamed the Problem and It Disappeared: Assuming That Racism No Longer Limits Minority Chances
6 Islands without Paradise: Assuming That Poverty Results from Weak Values and Poor Decisions
7 Raceless Wonders: Assuming That Racial Labels No Longer Matter
8 The Costs of Inequality and a Vision for a More Equitable America
Acknowledgments
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index
About the Author

Produktinformationen

Titel: The Price of Paradise
Untertitel: The Costs of Inequality and a Vision for a More Equitable America
Autor:
EAN: 9780814760987
ISBN: 978-0-8147-6098-7
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: NYU Press
Genre: Soziologie
Anzahl Seiten: 282
Veröffentlichung: 17.01.2014
Jahr: 2014
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 2.0 MB