ASA Community and Urban Sociology Sect.: ASA-Robert E. Park Award
Eastern Sociological Society: Mirra Komarovsky Book Award
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International Journal of Urban Regional Research
"Deener has produced a thoughtful first book which, in Venice's case, shows a frightening urban trend back towards Louis Wirth's segregated mosaics of nearly a century ago. This book would be equally appropriate for an undergraduate course or a graduate seminar, particularly in urban studies or qualitative research methods. It's also a necessary read for anyone undertaking research in gentrification, stratification, segregation and urban policy."
Richard Lloyd | City and Community
"In this debut book, Deener moves to the front ranks of contemporary ethnographers who are simultaneously historians, writing a compelling 'history of the present' that instructs us not only on the contemporary diversity inscribed in local public and private space, but also the dynamic past processes creating today’s combustible mix."
Howard S. Becker, author of Telling About Society
“Deener writes clearly and engagingly about development and gentrification in Venice, one of those places that everyone has heard about but few people actually know. Unfailingly interesting to anyone interested in urbanism, urban sociology, and history, this first-class book will command respect from scholars. Deener clearly knows what he’s talking about and when he’s through, so do you.”
Harvey Molotch, New York University
“Andrew Deener's ethnography is of a new neighborhood, new not because of the recency of its buildings but the kind of social and economic adjacencies taking form in places like Venice, California: the hip, the ethnic, the tourist, and the building code. How they all come together makes for new analytic discoveries as well as sparkling text and fresh insights.”—Harvey Molotch, New York University
Mike Davis, author of City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles
“In this tour de force of dialectical observation, Andrew Deener explains how Venice Beach is both L.A.'s democratic libido and the summation of its inequalities.”—Mike Davis, author of City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles
List of Tables and Figures
Introduction: Welcome to Venice
1. A Beach Town in Transition
2. The Transformation of a Black Neighborhood
3. People out of Place
4. Scenic Neighborhood
5. Bohemian Theme Park
6. Fashionable Bohemia
7. The Future of the American City
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