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The Philadelphia Barrio
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Frederick F. Wherry is associate professor of sociology at the University of Michigan and the author of Global Markets and Local Crafts: Thailand and Costa Rica Compared.

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Many of Philadelphia s ethnic enclaves are celebrated for their vibrant art scenes and urban culture, yet simultaneously maligned as dangerous pockets of crime and poverty. In "The Philadelphia Barrio," Wherry illustrates how a variety of community stakeholders including residents, shop owners and restaurateurs, artists and performers, and local organizers and activists try to rejuvenate their neighborhood with creativity and sweat equity in the hopes of resuscitating not only its economic vitality but its honor and symbolic reputation in the city as well. In doing so, he shows us how the character of an urban area need not be etched in asphalt and concrete for all time. This is a beautiful book. --David Grazian, University of Pennsylvania" In this bold and deeply original work, Wherry takes sociological understandings of the American underclass to a new level. Against cynical realism, he makes a cultural-sociological case for the power of agency and performance and how the arts can effect the material transformation of impoverished ethnic communities. --Jeffrey C. Alexander, Yale University" "Many of Philadelphia's ethnic enclaves are celebrated for their vibrant art scenes and urban culture, yet simultaneously maligned as dangerous pockets of crime and poverty. In "The Philadelphia Barrio", Wherry illustrates how a variety of community stakeholders--including residents, shop owners and restaurateurs, artists and performers, and local organizers and activists--try to rejuvenate their neighborhood with creativity and sweat equity in the hopes of resuscitating not only its economic vitality but its honor and symbolic reputation in the city as well. In doing so, he shows us how the character of an urban area need not be etched in asphalt and concrete for all time. This is a beautiful book."--David Grazian, University of Pennsylvania "In this bold and deeply original work, Wherry takes sociological understandings of the American underclass to a new level. Against cynical 'realism, ' he makes a cultural-sociological case for the power of agency and performance and how the arts can effect the material transformation of impoverished ethnic communities."--Jeffrey C. Alexander, Yale University

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