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The Fixers: Devolution, Development, and Civil Society in Newark, 1960-1990 - Historical Studies of Urban America (Hardback)
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The Fixers: Devolution, Development, and Civil Society in Newark, 1960-1990 - Historical Studies of Urban America (Hardback)

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Hardback 336 Pages / Published: 28/10/2016
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Stories of Newark's postwar decline are easy to find. But in The Fixers, Julia Rabig supplements these tales of misery with the story of the many imaginative challenges to the city's decline mounted by Newark's residents and suburban neighbors. In these pages, we meet the black nationalists whose dynamic organizing elected African American candidates in unprecedented numbers. There are tenants who mounted a historic rent strike to transform public housing and renegade white Catholic priests who joined black laywomen to pioneer the construction of low-income housing and influence housing policy. These are just a few of the "fixers" we meet people who devised ways to work with limited resources and pull together the threads of a patchwork welfare state. Rabig argues that fixers play dual roles. They support resistance, but also mediation; they fight for reform, but also more radical and far-reaching alternatives; they rally others to a collective cause, but sometimes they broker factions. Fixers reflect longer traditions of organizing while responding to the demands of their times. In so doing, they end up fixing (like a fixative) a new and enduring pattern of activist strategies, reforms, and institutional expectations a pattern we continue to see today.

Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226388311
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 635 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 36 mm


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Rabig helps us explore Newark in a way that goes beyond the familiar story of the 1967 uprising, and demonstrates how innovative individuals and organizations in the city sought and sometimes found pragmatic ways to work around the structural and political constraints that faced Newark before and especially after the uprising. At times working within structures of corporate and governmental power and at others challenging such institutions, the Fixers addressed problems of housing, employment, discrimination, and political neglect. The Fixers offers an account of what can be done in an urban environment struggling with conditions of rapid change and extensive regional inequality, and it shows that urban history in Newark did not end with the uprising. This is an important and engaging work. --Guian McKee "author of The Problem of Jobs: Liberalism, Race, and Deindustrialization in Philadelphia ""
The Fixers is analytic, narrative history at its finest. Rabig captures how the momentum of black power was channeled into efficacious policymaking in post-riot Newark the largest city in America s most densely packed state. She cogently charts how visions of a better Newark transformed local activists, too easily dismissed as nihilists by critics, into bureaucrats of the shadow state long after state government told Newark and Washington told all of urban America to drop dead. Nimbly balancing telling detail with a colorful gaze on the big picture, The Fixers is one of those myth-shattering books one that compels a rethinking of black political economy, urban crises, and recent America itself. --Devin Fergus "author of Liberalism, Black Power, and the Making of American Politics, 1965 1980 ""
"Rabig helps us explore Newark in a way that goes beyond the familiar story of the 1967 uprising, and demonstrates how innovative individuals and organizations in the city sought--and sometimes found--pragmatic ways to work around the structural and political constraints that faced Newark before and especially after the uprising. At times working within structures of corporate and governmental power and at others challenging such institutions, 'the Fixers' addressed problems of housing, employment, discrimination, and political neglect. The Fixers offers an account of what can be done in an urban environment struggling with conditions of rapid change and extensive regional inequality, and it shows that urban history in Newark did not end with the uprising. This is an important and engaging work."--Guian McKee "author of The Problem of Jobs: Liberalism, Race, and Deindustrialization in Philadelphia "
"The Fixers is analytic, narrative history at its finest. Rabig captures how the momentum of black power was channeled into efficacious policymaking in post-riot Newark--the largest city in America's most densely packed state. She cogently charts how visions of a better Newark transformed local activists, too easily dismissed as nihilists by critics, into bureaucrats of the shadow state--long after state government told Newark and Washington told all of urban America to 'drop dead.' Nimbly balancing telling detail with a colorful gaze on the big picture, The Fixers is one of those myth-shattering books--one that compels a rethinking of black political economy, urban crises, and recent America itself."--Devin Fergus "author of Liberalism, Black Power, and the Making of American Politics, 1965-1980 "

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