A Plague on Your Houses: How New York Was Burned Down and National Public Health Crumbled - Haymarket (Hardback)
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A Plague on Your Houses: How New York Was Burned Down and National Public Health Crumbled - Haymarket (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages / Published: 15/02/1999
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Using an epidemiological approach, this text charts the changes wrought by misguided social policy on the American landscape since the 1970s. It begins with the decision of Nixon's urban advisor, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, acting on the advice of New York City and the Rand Institute, to operate "benign neglect" and "planned shrinkage" on the fire companies of New York. These policies caused massive closure of fire companies, particularly in the poor minority communities with overcrowded, aged housing, such as the South Bronx, Harlem, Brownsville and Bedford-Stuyvesant. An epidemic of fires broke out, landlords abandoned properties and the middle class left the city in droves. Communities were shattered both physically and socially. Public health deteriorated and violent crime spiralled upwards. A tubercolosis epidemic took hold, with new case rates similar to those of South Africa. Drug abuse became widespread which led, in turn, to a large AIDS outbreak. Infant mortality soared. Soon the problems afflicting the communities of the city were spreading throughout the metro region and springing up across the country.

Publisher: Verso Books
ISBN: 9781859848586
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 478 g
Dimensions: 241 x 161 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
""A Plague on Your Houses" breaks new ground for political ecology of urban decay. It is also a provocative foretale of what 'radical urban science' might be."--Mike Davis, "Metropolis"

""A Plague on Your Houses" deserves attention for its insights into the connections among urban communities and the ease with which diseases and social problems of the poor and vulnerable can spread into the mainstream and the suburbs. It asks new questions about the determinants of urban decay and public health, and challenges the dominant paradigm of disease causation mostly related to individual choices and lifestyles."--"JAMA"

"This is a book which transcends the boundaries between politics, theory, empirical research and political activism. When was the last time you read something that "really" describes how the connections between policy, community and individual characteristics actually "work"? Wallace and Wallace have woven 20 years' worth of research, passion and action from he front line into an astonishing narrative."--"Critical Public Health"

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