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There is much to be learned from this perceptive and thoughtful book. . . . [An] intellectually courageous book that deserves broad attention.”
(Beyondchron 2008-08-21)

“A well-written sociological study . . . completely free of academic jargon. Would appeal to the general reader as well as to an academic audience.“
(Multicultural Review 2009-05-01)

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"Neighborhoods have been central to American sociology since its inception, yet we have understood little about how the institutions in urban communities evolve, disappear, or persist over time. Instead, as of late, many scholars have treated neighborhoods as collections of individuals and families, ignoring the institutional ecology. Understanding the dynamic role of local institutions is critical not only to sociological scholarship but also to important public policy debates about urban poverty. Martín Sánchez-Jankowski offers the reader an important, comprehensive look at how local institutions ranging from barbershops to street gangs to public housing both reflect and shape the culture and daily rhythms of the residents who live with them. His ecological perspective offers an important missing link in debates about 'neighborhood effects' and should be read by anyone interested in understanding urban poverty."—Dalton Conley, author of Being Black, Living in the Red: Race, Wealth, and Social Policy in America

"In his famous and moving preface to Les Miserables, Victor Hugo warns us that as long as there is poverty, such tales will be told. But stories are not often told about the resurgence of poor communities—their struggles to mobilize and change their condition. But this book does just that—filling in the rest of the picture; and not of individual Horatio Algers, but with textured and critical analysis of the barriers these communities face and the pathways they take to achieve social change."—Troy Duster, New York University
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  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (September 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520256751
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520256750
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #971,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miller's Post on December 1, 2010
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This is the most comprehensive study of how poor people think about their environment; how they construct their neighborhoods, and the factors that change and resist change in social relations work. It is well researched and reports how the data obtained over 9 years of living in these neighborhoods relates to what we have previously learned and how/why it is different.
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By Camila on October 28, 2014
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Sanchez-Jankowski added this book to one of his sociology courses at UC Berkeley a few years back and I must say it has been one of my favorite, most helpful books to read in college. The data is incredibly interesting and the book itself sets an amazing example for those interested in sociology and doing research with human subjects.
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By Candas on September 20, 2014
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pen Name on March 17, 2013
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This is the best book on poverty out there. It is a very good book and the author has done great extensive research on this subject. Highly recommended book!
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