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Understanding Urban Unrest
From Reverend King to Rodney King


May 1996 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Mob violence--often an interracial expression of the urban poverty found in major cities in the United States--is a phenomenon that has plagued this country repeatedly in the 20th century. From Reverend King to Rodney King, historical figures and incidents have shed new light on circumstances that bring about violence and the political context in which federal policy responds to the seemingly intractable social and economic problems that underlie the violence. In Understanding Urban Unrest, author Dennis E. Gale compares the federal programs that have been tested since 1966 and makes observations about the probable political response to urban interracial violence and poverty in the future. In addition, he contends that place-based patchwork policies are not effective and that only fundamental changes in the United States's economic structure and federal policy agenda can offer any real solutions for the nation's cities and its poor. Students and professionals in urban studies, political science, and sociology will find Understanding Urban Unrest both engaging and extremely accessible. "Understanding Urban Unrest is an outstanding example of effective political science. Dennis E. Gale takes a major public phenomenon--contemporary American urban riots from Newark to Los Angeles--and shows the interaction between tragic events and legislative response. He provides an authoritative history of the struggle to provide a workable national urban policy. This is a book that general audiences will find instructive and professional and academic readers will find essential." --Robert Wood, University of Massachusetts, Boston

 
Introduction
 
Los Angeles `92 Was Nothing New
 
Civil Rights and Uncivil Riots, 1964 through 1966
 
Reverend King, The Urban Poor and an Epidemic of Rioting, 1966
 
Riot-Driven Public Policy, 1966 through 1968
 
Model Cities Program Plays Out, 1969 through 1975
 
From Reverend King to Rodney King
 
Responding to Urban Interracial Mob Violence in the 1990s
 
Urban Poverty, Interracial Mob Violence and Federal Reaction
The Problem and Political Contexts

 
 
Urban Poverty, Interracial Mob Violence and Federal Reaction
The Policy Context

 

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