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Author Rhomberg, Chris, 1959-

Title No there there : race, class, and political community in Oakland / Chris Rhomberg.

Published Berkeley : University of California Press, [2004]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  979.46605 RHOM    AVAILABLE
Physical description xiii, 315 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1. No There There: Social Movements and Urban Political Community 1 -- 2. Corporate Power and Ethnic Patronage: Machine Politics in Oakland 24 -- 3. Making of a White Middle Class: The Ku Klux Klan and Urban Reform 50 -- 4. Economic Crisis and Class Hegemony: The Rule of Downtown 73 -- 5. Working-Class Collective Agency: The General Strike and Labor Insurgency 96 -- 6. Reconstituting the Urban Regime: Redevelopment and the Central City 120 -- 7. Bureaucratic Insulation and Racial Conflict: The Challenge of Black Power 145 -- 8. From Social Movements to Social Change: Oakland and Twentieth-Century Urban America 173 -- Methodological Appendix: Telling Stories about Actors and Events 201.
Summary Challenged by Ku Klux Klan Action in the '20s, labor protests culminating in a General Strike in the '40s, and the rise of the civil rights and black power struggles of the '60s, Oakland, California, seems to encapsulate in one city the broad and varied sweep of urban social movements in twentieth-century America. Taking Oakland as a case study of urban politics and society in the United States, Chris Rhomberg examines the city's successive episodes of popular insurgency for what they can tell us about critical discontinuities in the American experience of urban political community. Along with repeated waves of popular protest featuring groups such as the Klan, labor unions, and the Black Panthers, Rhomberg considers the rise and fall of an African American political establishment in Oakland in the '80s and '90s and offers a critical perspective on Oakland under Mayor Jerry Brown. The result is a work of descriptive and analytical power, a richly detailed historical narrative that interweaves "top-down" analysis of political elites with a "bottom-up" focus on insurgent popular movements. Throughout, Rhomberg brings together conceptual perspectives on urban socioeconomic structure, institutional power, and group relations in civil society to develop a new theoretical approach to the study of collective actors. Rigorously argued, vividly written, and illustrated with more than two dozen rare and historical photographs, No There There explores the legacy of collective action in Oakland and the ways in which its residents have negotiated their civic relationships across the divides of ethnicity, class, and race.
Subject Ku Klux Klan (1915- ) -- California -- Oakland -- History -- 20th century.
African Americans -- Civil rights -- California -- Oakland -- History -- 20th century.
Black power -- California -- Oakland -- History -- 20th century.
Social classes -- California -- Oakland -- History -- 20th century.
General strikes -- California -- Oakland -- History -- 20th century.
Social conflict -- California -- Oakland -- History -- 20th century.
Oakland (Calif.) -- Race relations.
Oakland (Calif.) -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
Oakland (Calif.) -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
ISBN 0520236181 (alk. paper)