No There There: Race, Class, and Political Community in Oakland
"This sophisticated account of a remarkable city's coalitions and conflicts over half a century is an outstanding contribution to urban history and ... Show synopsis "This sophisticated account of a remarkable city's coalitions and conflicts over half a century is an outstanding contribution to urban history and political analysis. Clearly written and amply supplied with good stories, the book will interest students of urban history, social movements, and American political change."--Charles Tilly, author of "Durable Inequality" "An altogether exemplary book. Rhomberg uses a combination of traditional class analysis, an institutional perspective on urban politics, and social movement theory to fashion a rich and persuasive account of the history of urban political conflict in Oakland between 1920-1975. In combining these strands of theory and research, he has also given us a model for the kind of dynamic, historically grounded political sociology that has been sadly missing in recent years."--Doug McAdam, author of "Freedom Summer" "Race, class, and local politics are key components of America's social fabric. On the basis of his outstanding scholarly research, Rhomberg examines the complex web of their interaction by focusing on one of the most conflicted urban scenes: Oakland, California; and taking a historical perspective on the evolving pattern of power struggles. This book will become required reading for students of urban politics."--Manuel Castells, author of "The Rise of the Network Society" ""No There There" combines a sophisticated interpretation of political and sociological urban theory with rigorous historical research. . . An important and stimulating book." -Joseph A. Rodriguez, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, "Western Historical Quarterly "