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Pages: 342

Language: English

Publisher: Beacon Press (27 Jan. 1999)

By: Michelle Fine(Author Editor) Lois Weis(Author Editor)

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In The Unknown City Michelle Fine and Lois Weis offer a groundbreaking, theoretically sophisticated ethnography of the lives of young adults, ages 23 to 35, in two large East Coast cities. Analyzing interviews with hundreds of young people, Fine and Weis provide insights into their startling and often harrowing experiences. A major focus of the book is on the "fractures" in American society: how and why those of different races, ethnicities, and genders see the world - and each other - in very different ways. From discussions of black men's ideas on the reasons for inequality to domestic abuse among white working-class women, we see the gulfs that impede attempts to simplify the problems of young adults. We hear their views on everything from the construction of "whiteness" and affirmative action to the economy, education, and the new public spaces of community hope. The Unknown City is sure to shape many key debates about policy and community. Fine and Weis point to what should be done on the national policy level and describe initiatives that serve as oases of hope in our cities today.

An important book . . . that enhance[s] our understanding of race, class, and gender in late twentieth-century urban America. --William Julius Wilson, author of Poverty in America "Fine and Weis write with grace and clarity, presenting the powerful voices of oppressed people. . . . The Unknown City is a model of social analysis that points the way towards justice and social transformation." --Manning Marable, author of The Crisis of Color and Democracy "Without preaching, [Fine and Weis] give readers a sense of the obstacles faced by Americans who must do without. . . Offers important insights into a critical but too often overlooked part of our youth culture." --Kirkus Reviews "[A] powerful, passionate, and subtle book. . . . [Fine and Weis's] honest and self-reflective account constitutes an inspiring-if sobering-model of scholarship deployed in the interest of social justice." --Michael B. Katz, author of Improving Poor People "Michelle Fine and Lois Weis enable us to hear the sounds of despair interwoven with hope, with outrage, with new kinds of determination. . . . The Unknown City calls out to its readers for new modes of solidarity, for the kind of theory that may infuse activism." --Maxine Greene, author of Releasing the Imagination --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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