People, plans, and policies : essays on poverty, racism, and other national urban problems /
Herbert J. Gans.
New York : Columbia University Press, 1991.
xiii, 383 p. --
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New York : Columbia University Press, 1991.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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The primary theme of this collection of essays is that the cities' basic problems are poverty and racism and until these concerns are addressed by bringing about racial equality, creating jobs, and instituting other reforms, the generally low quality of urban life will persist. Gans argues that the individual must work to alter society. He believes that not only must parents have jobs to improve their children's school performance, but that the country needs a modernized 'New Deal', a more labor-intensive economy, and a thirty-two hour work week to achieve full employment. Other controversial ideas presented in this book include Gans's opposition to the whole notion of an underclass, which he feels is the latest way for the nonpoor to unjustly label the poor as undeserving. He also believes that poverty continues to plague society because it is often useful to the nonpoor. He is critical of architecture that aims above all to be aesthetic or to make philosophical statements(, ) is doubtful that planners can,or should try to reform our social or personal lives(, ) and thinks we should concentrate on achieving individual public policies until we learn how to properly plan as a society.
Table of Contents
Environment and Behavior
Toward a Human Architecture: A Sociologist's View of the Profession
The Potential Environment and the Effective Environment
Urban Vitality and the Fallacy of Physical Determinism
Understanding Cities and Suburbs
Urbanism and Suburbanism as Ways of Life: A Reevaluation of Definitions
American Urban Theories and Urban Areas: Observations on Contemporary Ecological, Marxist, and Other Paradigms
The Historical Comparison of Cities: Some Conceptual, Methodological, and Value Problems
Robert Moses: The Master Broker
City Planning, Social Planning, and Social Policy
City Planning in America, 1890-1968: A Sociological Analysis
The Goal-Oriented Approach to Planning
Planning, Social Planning, and Politics
Social Science for Social Policy
Anti-Poverty Policies: Homes, Schools and Jobs
The Human Implications of Slum Clearance and Relocation
From the Bulldozer to Homelessness
The Role of Education in the Escape from Poverty
Planning for a Labor-Intensive Economy
The Thirty-Two Hour Work Week: An Analysis of Worksharing
The Uses of Poverty
Anti-Poverty Policies II: Race, Ethnicity, and Class
Escaping from Poverty: A Comparison of the Immigrant and Black Experience
The Black Family: Reflections on the "Moynihan Report"
Culture and Class in the Study of Poverty: An Approach to Antipoverty Research
The Dangers of the Underclass: Its Harmfulness as a Planning Concept
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