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Urban Emergency (Mis)Management and the Crisis of Neoliberalism


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Introduction: The Flint Sacrifice Zone
   Terressa A. Benz and Graham Cassano

Structure in Context

1 Neoliberalism, Urban Policy and Environmental Degradation
   David Fasenfest

2 Colorblind Michigan
  The Legal Impossibility of Environmental Justice in Flint and Southwest Detroit
   Terressa A. Benz

3 Stockton Isn’t Flint, or Is It? Race and Space in Comparative Crisis Driven Urbanization
   Raoul S. Liévanos and Julie Sze

4 Too Close to Home
  The Incidence and Health Effects of Neighborhood Neglect in Flint, Michigan
   Katrinell M. Davis

5 Housing Waste
  The Lakeside Public Housing Complex, Pontiac, Michigan
   Graham Cassano, Jon Carroll and Daniel J. Clark

Reaction and Resistance

6 Technocracy and Populism
  Remaking Urban Governance in Post-Democratic Flint
   Jacob Lederman

7 Waging Love from Detroit to Flint
   Michael Doan, Shea Howell and Ami Harbin

8 Bottling Public Thirst
  Scarcity, Abundance, and the Exploitation of “Need” in Mid-Michigan
   A.E. Garrison

9 Lead Does (Not) Discriminate
  Environmental Racism in Expert and Popular Discourse
   Benjamin J. Pauli

 Afterword: The Flint Water Crisis, KWA and Strategic-Structural Racism
  Written Testimony Submitted to the Michigan Civil Rights Commission Hearings on the Flint Water Crisis
   Peter J. Hammer


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About the Author

Terressa A. Benz received her Ph.D in Criminology, Law and Society from the University of California, Irvine. She is the author, most recently, of Black Femininity and Stand Your Ground: Controlling Images and the Elusive Defense of Self-Defense (Critical Sociology, forthcoming).

Graham Cassano received his Ph.D in Sociology from Brandeis University. He is the author of numerous books and articles on social theory, racial and ethnic history, and the sociology of culture, including A New Kind of Public: Community, Solidarity, and Political Economy in New Deal Cinema, 1935-1948 (Haymarket, 2015).

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