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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; 1 edition (April 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226924254
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226924250
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Sharkey’s book is magnificent scholarship."
(American Prospect)

"Patrick Sharkey's Stuck in Place is one of those rare books that will become a standard reference for students and scholars of inequality. Examining longitudinal data over a period of four decades, Sharkey provides compelling arguments on how inequality clustered in a social setting can be addressed with a durable urban policy agenda. This important and incredibly perceptive book is a must-read."

(William Julius Wilson author of The Truly Disadvantaged and The Declining Significance of Race)

"Stuck in Place is a powerful analysis of how neighborhoods are implicated in perpetuating severe stratification between blacks and whites across generations. Patrick Sharkey’s robust findings are sobering and disturbing—even for experts in the field—and leave no room for debate about the need for massive investment in America’s poorest neighborhoods. Like The Truly Disadvantaged and American Apartheid before it, this book will be impossible to ignore and will set the agenda for decades to come."

(Mary Pattillo author of Black on the Block: The Politics of Race and Class in the City)

"Patrick Sharkey’s comprehensive and compelling analysis clearly explains how segregation, by concentrating disadvantage in black neighborhoods, continues to divide US society into divergent black and white social worlds that remain truly separate and unequal, decades after the Civil Rights Era. His work eloquently reminds us that a segregated society can never be a just society, and that segregation remains at the core the American dilemma, even in the Age of Obama."
(Douglas S. Massey coauthor of American Apartheid: Segregation and the Making of the Underclass)

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Patrick Sharkey is assistant professor of sociology at New York University.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. Wolinsky on March 29, 2014
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A recent book titled Waking From The Dream explains what happened after Dr. King died; the movement fractured, no strong leader came to replace him, feelings of anger became pervasive, and the new issues, like poverty, drug addiction, teen pregnancy, traumatized Black Vietnam Veterans, and healthcare were not addressed. Now comes this book by Patrick Sharkey about just that; social problems being ignored. But he concentrates on what the media calls “The Ghetto,” and by that we mean the crumbling, depressed, polluted, and neglected inner city neighborhoods, with a majority Black population and few advantages.

A running theme of Stuck in Place is the issue of inheritance. He stresses that Black children inherit the hopelessness of their lives from their parents, and you end up with several generations of poverty and poor health. I was about to criticize the author for using the term Ghetto, but then he clarifies his reasons for using it. He calls it a “special expression of social process” and in a way, it is. After decades of living in disgusting conditions, people forget that there are better places to go, and there are ways to get out. The word Ghetto comes from the Italian borghetto, meaning “borough.” They were quarters of a city designated for the Jewish residents, and that was the only part of the city where Jews could live. They were usually situated in the lowest part of the city, an area that often flooded. Unlike the Ghettos of Venice, Rome, and Prague, there’s no wall around the American Ghetto. There are no gates that are locked at night to keep in the residents (or protect them from angry mobs every time a Christian child is found murdered.) You can walk in and out at any time, but why would you? Nobody wants to move into a neighborhood where they’ll be unwelcome.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dreamer on April 22, 2014
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Rigorous analysis and attention to the continued American Dilemma-persisting racial inequities and disadvantage in urban American minority neighborhoods. This book is a must read with a fruitful urban policy discussion closing out the important work.
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By Mary Ellen Burns on December 27, 2014
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Excellent book...Mr Sharkey has a wealth of knowledge, and is good at putting it into words.
It is such an important topic in today's time.
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