Reshaping Ethnic and Racial Relations in Philadelphia
Immigrants in a Divided City
Publication: May 94
Publication: May 94
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Strategies for cooperation in ethnically and racially diverse neighborhoods
What happens when people from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds come together to live and work in the same neighborhood? Unlike other examinations of this question that focus on one group, this book looks at the interaction of both old and new immigrant populations in three Philadelphia neighborhoods.
In this ethnographic study, which is a result of the Ford Foundation-funded Changing Relations: Newcomers and Established Residents in Philadelphia Project, the authors consider five primary groupswhites, African Americans, Puerto Ricans, Koreans, and Eastern Europeansin Olney, Kensington, and Port Richmond. Focusing on the interaction of racial, ethnic, and immigrant communities in schools, organized community celebrations and social events, the workplace, shopping areas, and neighborhood politics, the authors show that the contradictions of individual beliefs, actions, and strategies of power are not easily resolved.
By examining the local, citywide, and national economy and government, previous human relations efforts, changing immigration patterns, community-level power structures, real estate turnover, and gentrification, the authors evaluate current strategies to create harmony in communities with an ever-changing mix of established residents and newly arrived immigrants. Through their findings, Judith Goode and Jo Anne Schneider develop better alternatives that will encourage understanding and cooperation among different racial and ethnic groups sharing their lives and neighborhoods.
"(A) more realistic representation of the increasingly diverse nature of life in American cities." International Migration Review
"(T)his is an excellent book that I would like to be able to use in courses about race and ethnicity at both the graduate and undergraduate level. The ideas are very worthwhile, carefully documented, and well thought through." Anthropology and Education Quarterly
Table of Contents
Part I: The Citywide Context
2. The Political Economy of Philadelphia
3. The Effects of New Immigration on Social Categories and Human-Relations Institutions
Part II: Life in the Neighborhoods
4. Neighborhood Structures and Community Organizations
5. Everyday Activities: Personal Ties and Structured Institutions
6. Focus Events
Part III: Restructuring Diversity
7. Simultaneous Contradictions
8. Strategies for Action