The World Is Always Coming to an End

The World Is Always Coming to an End An Urban Neighborhood Remakes Itself Every Day And Unmakes Itself, Too Houses And Stores And Streets Define It In One Way But It S Also People The People Who Make It Their Home, Some Eagerly, Others Grudgingly A Neighborhood Can Thrive Or It Can Decline, And Neighbors Move In And Move Out Sometimes They Stay But Withdraw Behind Fences And Burglar Alarms If A Neighborhood Becomes No Longer A Place Of Sociability And Street Life, But Of Privacy Indoors And Fearful Distrust Outdoors, Is It Still A Neighborhood In The Late S And S Carlo Rotella Grew Up In Chicago S South Shore Neighborhood A Place Of Neat Bungalow Blocks And Desolate Commercial Strips, And Sharp, Sometimes Painful Social Contrasts In The Decades Since, The Hollowing Out Of The Middle Class Has Left Residents Confronting Or Avoiding Each Other Across An Expanding Gap That Makes It Ever Harder For Them To Recognize Each Other As Neighbors Rotella Tells The Stories That Reveal How That Happened Stories Of Deindustrialization And Street Life Stories Of Gorgeous Apartments With Vistas Onto Lake Michigan And Of Section Housing Vouchers Held By The Poor At Every Turn, South Shore Is A Study In Contrasts, Shaped And Reshaped Over The Past Half Century By Individual Stories And Larger Waves Of Change That Make It An Exemplar Of Many American Urban Neighborhoods Talking With Current And Former Residents And Looking Carefully At The Interactions Of Race And Class, Persistence And Change, Rotella Explores The Tension Between Residents Deep Investment Of Feeling And Resources In The Physical Landscape Of South Shore And Their Hesitation To Make A Similar Commitment To The Community Of Neighbors Living There Blending Journalism, Memoir, And Archival Research, The World Is Always Coming To An End Uses The Story Of One American Neighborhood To Challenge Our Assumptions About What Neighborhoods Are, And To Think Anew About What They Might Be If We Can Bridge Gaps And Commit Anew To The People Who Share Them With Us Tomorrow Is Another Ending

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  • Hardcover
  • 320 pages
  • The World Is Always Coming to an End
  • Carlo Rotella
  • 16 September 2019
  • 9780226624037

14 thoughts on “The World Is Always Coming to an End

  1. Colin Asher says:

    I have long been a fan of Rotella s work, and this new title is a reminder why It s both academically rigorous and deeply felt a blend of journalism, memoir, and sociological investigation that reads smoothly all the way through and manages to add nuance to current discussions abo...

  2. Christian Belanger says:

    The big scoop from the acknowledgments section Beryl Satter is writing a book about the South Shore Bank.

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