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Fitzgerald: Geography of a Revolution (Geographies of Justice and Social Transformation)

Bunge, William

Verlag: University of Georgia Press, 2011
ISBN 10: 0820338745 / ISBN 13: 9780820338743
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Titel: Fitzgerald: Geography of a Revolution (...

Verlag: University of Georgia Press

Erscheinungsdatum: 2011

Einband: Soft cover

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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Theres nobody like Bill Bunge and therell never be anyone like him again. Fitzgerald is another way of telling a story about city life, about its horrors and threats, its joys and possibilities. Our cities continue to crumble, disintegrate financially and socially; yet geographers fret about tenure reviews and research evaluations. How can we not feel shame reading Bunges great book today? Hes our conscience, he gnaws away inside us, always forcing us to consider who we are as scholars and what we should do to save life on planet urban.-Andy Merrifield, author of Henri Lefebvre: A Critical Introduction. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE_book_new_0820338745

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This on-the-ground study of one square mile in Detroit was written in collaboration with neighborhood residents, many of whom were involved with the famous Detroit Geographical Expedition and Institute. Fitzgerald, at its core, is dedicated to understanding global phenomena through the intensive study of a small, local place.

Beginning with an 1816 encounter between the Ojibwa population and the neighborhood?s first surveyor, William Bunge examines the racialized imposition of local landscapes over the course of European American settlement. Historical events are firmly situated in space?a task Bunge accomplishes through liberal use of maps and frequent references to recognizable twentieth-century landmarks.

More than a work of historical geography, Fitzgerald is a political intervention. By 1967 the neighborhood was mostly African American; Black Power was ascendant; and Detroit would experience a major riot. Immersed in the daily life of the area, Bunge encouraged residents to tell their stories and to think about local politics in spatial terms. His desire to undertake a different sort of geography led him to create a work that was nothing like a typical work of social science. The jumble of text, maps, and images makes it a particularly urgent book?a major theoretical contribution to urban geography that is also a startling evocation of street-level Detroit during a turbulent era.

A Sarah Mills Hodge Fund Publication

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William Bunge lived in the Fitzgerald neighborhood and taught geography at Wayne State University while writing this book. In 1970 the House Un-American Activities Committee included Bunge?s name on a list of sixty-five ?radical? speakers. Blacklisted and unable to find academic work, he fled to Canada, where he taught at several universities and (like the founder of critical geography, Henri Lefebvre) drove a cab. He is the author of three other books.

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