The Corner

A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood
Author: David Simon,Edward Burns
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: 0307833461
Category: Social Science
Page: 576
View: 6471
The crime-infested intersection of West Fayette and Monroe Streets is well-known--and cautiously avoided--by most of Baltimore. But this notorious corner's 24-hour open-air drug market provides the economic fuel for a dying neighborhood. David Simon, an award-winning author and crime reporter, and Edward Burns, a 20-year veteran of the urban drug war, tell the chilling story of this desolate crossroad. Through the eyes of one broken family--two drug-addicted adults and their smart, vulnerable 15-year-old son, DeAndre McCollough, Simon and Burns examine the sinister realities of inner cities across the country and unflinchingly assess why law enforcement policies, moral crusades, and the welfare system have accomplished so little. This extraordinary book is a crucial look at the price of the drug culture and the poignant scenes of hope, caring, and love that astonishingly rise in the midst of a place America has abandoned.


Ein Jahr auf mörderischen Straßen
Author: David Simon
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783453676350
Page: 828
View: 5078

The Corner

Bericht aus dem dunklen Herzen der amerikanischen Stadt
Author: David Simon,Ed Burns
Publisher: Antje Kunstmann
ISBN: 3888978092
Category: Fiction
Page: 800
View: 6950
Brennpunkt Baltimore: Crack und Heroin überfluten die Straßen Amerikas. An der berüchtigten Ecke von West Fayette und Monroe Street wird sieben Tage die Woche, 24 Stunden am Tag auf offener Straße verkauft – der Drogenhandel ist der ökonomische Treibstoff einer sterbenden Nachbarschaft mitten in der Stadt. Durch die Augen einer zerbrochenen Familie – drogensüchtiger Eltern und ihres Sohns DeAndre McCullogh – zeigt uns “The Corner” die harte Realität der Drogenkultur und die ergreifenden Szenen von Hoffnung, Mitgefühl und Liebe, an einem Ort, den Amerika schon längst abgeschrieben hat. David Simon und Edward Burns, Autoren von “The Wire”, verbrachten ein Jahr mit den McCulloghs – ihre glänzende Reportage ist sowohl eine erschütternde Familiengeschichte als auch ein aufrüttelndes Porträt des amerikanischen “War on Drugs”. Die aus dem Buch entwickelte HBO-Miniserie "The Corner" wurde mit drei Emmy-Awards ausgezeichnet.


Author: Richard Price
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 310401700X
Category: Fiction
Page: 800
View: 2414
Clockers – das sind schwarze Dealer, die weiße Klientel 24 Stunden am Tag, 7 Tage die Woche beliefern. Hier im Slum, wo die Welt rau ist, steht die Polizei aggressiv daneben, die Stadt resigniert. Bis sich die Spannung wieder in einer Explosion entlädt. Richard Price hat dieses Szenarium in seinem grandiosen Meisterwerk »Clockers« umgesetzt. Es entstand ein handlungsgetriebener und vor Spannung berstender Großstadtroman, den Spike Lee mit Harvey Keitel verfilmt hat und der den Grundriss für die gefeierte Fernsehserie »The Wire« schuf.

The Wire and Americaäó»s Dark Corners

Critical Essays
Author: Arin Keeble,Ivan Stacy
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476619603
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 236
View: 3129
In post–9/11 America, while all eyes were on Iraq and Afghanistan, The Wire (2002–2008) focused on the dark realities of those living in America’s disintegrating industrial heartlands and drug-ravaged neighborhoods, striving against the odds in its schools, hospitals and legal system. With compelling story lines and a memorable cast of characters, The Wire has been compared to the work of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, with a level of detail rarely seen in a dramatic series. While the show garnered critical praise and a loyal following, a discussion of its political aspects—in particular Bush-era America—is overdue. This collection of new essays examines The Wire in terms of the War on Drugs, the racial and economic division of America’s cities, the surveillance state and the meaning of citizenship.

American Dream?

Eine Weltmacht in der Krise
Author: Andreas Etges,Winfried Fluck
Publisher: Campus Verlag
ISBN: 3593395312
Category: Political Science
Page: 290
View: 2821
Nicht nur der Wirtschafts- und Finanzsektor ist in den Vereinigten Staaten von Krisen geschüttelt. Auch die amerikanische Demokratie, das politische und gesellschaftliche System sowie das Gesundheits- und Bildungswesen zeigen schwere Krisensymptome. Führende Expertinnen und Experten – darunter der Wirtschaftsnobelpreisträger Paul Krugman und die Philosophin Nancy Fraser – analysieren in diesem Band die aktuelle innen- und außenpolitische Problemlage der USA und stellen sie in einen historischen Kontext. Während die internationale Dominanz Amerikas schwindet und die Idee seines Exzeptionalismus infrage steht, bleibt das Land gleichwohl für Deutschland und die westlichen Verbündeten politisch und kulturell ein zentraler Bezugspunkt.

A People s History of Poverty in America

Author: Stephen Pimpare
Publisher: The New Press
ISBN: 1595586962
Category: History
Page: 336
View: 2867
In this compulsively readable social history, political scientist Stephen Pimpare vividly describes poverty from the perspective of poor and welfare-reliant Americans from the big city to the rural countryside. He focuses on how the poor have created community, secured shelter, and found food and illuminates their battles for dignity and respect. Through prodigious archival research and lucid analysis, Pimpare details the ways in which charity and aid for the poor have been inseparable, more often than not, from the scorn and disapproval of those who would help them. In the rich and often surprising historical testimonies he has collected from the poor in America, Pimpare overturns any simple conclusions about how the poor see themselves or what it feels like to be poor—and he shows clearly that the poor are all too often aware that charity comes with a price. It is that price that Pimpare eloquently questions in this book, reminding us through powerful anecdotes, some heart-wrenching and some surprisingly humorous, that poverty is not simply a moral failure.

The Wire, Deadwood, Homicide, and NYPD Blue

Violence is Power
Author: Jason P. Vest
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 0313378193
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 290
View: 1513
This book offers the only examination of the television writing of David Milch and David Simon as significant contributions to American culture, literature, and social realism. * Contains six chapters, each addressing a different television series or miniseries written by David Milch or David Simon, as well as an introduction and conclusion * Presents a chronological perspective on nearly 30 years of American "realistic drama" television history * Includes a standard bibliography of cited books and articles, as well as a listing of all programs and movies mentioned within the book

Does It Take A Village?

Community Effects on Children, Adolescents, and Families
Author: Alan Booth,Ann C. Crouter
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 1135669155
Category: Psychology
Page: 280
View: 8783
Does It Take a Village? focuses on the mechanisms that link community characteristics to the functioning of the families and individuals within them--community norms, economic opportunities, reference groups for assessing relative deprivation, and social support networks. Contributors underscore those features of communities that represent risk factors for children, adolescents, and their families, as well as those characteristics that underlie resilience and thus undergird individual and family functioning. As a society we have heavy investments both in research and in programs based on the idea that communities affect families and children, yet important questions have arisen about the validity of the link between communities, children, and families. This book answers the question of whether--and how--it takes a village to raise a child and what we can do to help communities achieve this essential task more effectively.

On The Wire

Author: Linda Williams
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 082237644X
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 280
View: 3126
Many television critics, legions of fans, even the president of the United States, have cited The Wire as the best television series ever. In this sophisticated examination of the HBO serial drama that aired from 2002 until 2008, Linda Williams, a leading film scholar and authority on the interplay between film, melodrama, and issues of race, suggests what exactly it is that makes The Wire so good. She argues that while the series is a powerful exploration of urban dysfunction and institutional failure, its narrative power derives from its genre. The Wire is popular melodrama, not Greek tragedy, as critics and the series creator David Simon have claimed. Entertaining, addictive, funny, and despairing all at once, it is a serial melodrama grounded in observation of Baltimore's people and institutions: of cops and criminals, schools and blue-collar labor, local government and local journalism. The Wire transforms close observation into an unparalleled melodrama by juxtaposing the good and evil of individuals with the good and evil of institutions.


A Year On The Killing Streets
Author: David Simon
Publisher: Canongate Books
ISBN: 1847673902
Category: True Crime
Page: 672
View: 7585
'A masterpiece' MARTIN AMIS 'The best book about homicide detectives by an American writer' NORMAN MAILER Based on a year on the killing streets of Baltimore, David Simon's true crime masterpiece reveals a city few will ever experience. Day in day out citizens are shot, stabbed, or bludgeoned to death. At the centre of this hurricane of crime is the city's homicide unit, a small brotherhood of men who fight for whatever justice is possible in a deadly world.

Flood of Images

Media, Memory, and Hurricane Katrina
Author: Bernie Cook
Publisher: University of Texas Press
ISBN: 0292771363
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 430
View: 1158
Anyone who was not in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent flooding of the city experienced the disaster as a media event, a flood of images pouring across television and computer screens. The twenty-four-hour news cycle created a surplus of representation that overwhelmed viewers and complicated understandings of the storm, the flood, and the aftermath. As time passed, documentary and fictional filmmakers took up the challenge of explaining what had happened in New Orleans, reaching beyond news reports to portray the lived experiences of survivors of Katrina. But while these narratives presented alternative understandings and more opportunities for empathy than TV news, Katrina remained a mediated experience. In Flood of Images, Bernie Cook offers the most in-depth, wide-ranging, and carefully argued analysis of the mediation and meanings of Katrina. He engages in innovative, close, and comparative visual readings of news coverage on CNN, Fox News, and NBC; documentaries including Spike Lee's When the Levees Broke and If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise, Tia Lessin and Carl Deal's Trouble the Water, and Dawn Logsdon and Lolis Elie's Faubourg Treme; and the HBO drama Treme. Cook examines the production practices that shaped Katrina-as-media-event, exploring how those choices structured the possible memories and meanings of Katrina and how the media's memory-making has been contested. In Flood of Images, Cook intervenes in the ongoing process of remembering and understanding Katrina.

Will the Last Reporter Please Turn out the Lights

The Collapse of Journalism and What Can Be Done To Fix It
Author: Robert W. McChesney,Victor Pickard
Publisher: The New Press
ISBN: 1595587497
Category: Social Science
Page: 384
View: 990
The sudden meltdown of the news media has sparked one of the liveliest debates in recent memory, with an outpouring of opinion and analysis crackling across journals, the blogosphere, and academic publications. Yet, until now, we have lacked a comprehensive and accessible introduction to this new and shifting terrain. In Will the Last Reporter Please Turn out the Lights, celebrated media analysts Robert W. McChesney and Victor Pickard have assembled thirty-two illuminating pieces on the crisis in journalism, revised and updated for this volume. Featuring some of today’s most incisive and influential commentators, this comprehensive collection contextualizes the predicament faced by the news media industry through a concise history of modern journalism, a hard-hitting analysis of the structural and financial causes of news media’s sudden collapse, and deeply informed proposals for how the vital role of journalism might be rescued from impending disaster. Sure to become the essential guide to the journalism crisis, Will the Last Reporter Please Turn out the Lights is both a primer on the news media today and a chronicle of a key historical moment in the transformation of the press.

The Wire

Author: Sherryl Vint
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
ISBN: 0814335934
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 136
View: 1022
Frequently described by creator David Simon as a novel for television, The Wire redefined the police serial format by unfolding its narrative across many episodes, constructing themes for each of its seasons, and refusing to portray individual crimes outside of their social context. While it never achieved spectacular ratings or won an Emmy during its 2002-2008 run on HBO, the show was honored with several awards and has been described by critics as the best show on television. In this volume, author Sherryl Vint takes a close look at several episodes of The Wire to argue that the series challenges our understanding of the relationship between entertainment and social critique. Informed by recent work on race, poverty, and the transformation of the American inner city through neoliberalism, Vint provides a compelling analysis of The Wire in four chapters. First, she examines the season 1 episode "The Buys" as an example of the ways in which The Wire diverges from the police procedural format. She continues by considering season 2's "All's Prologue" and season 3's "Middle Ground" to explore in more detail The Wire's critique of the exclusions of the capitalist economy. In the final two chapters, she looks at "Final Grades," the fourth season finale, to highlight the problems with institutional inertia and show both the need for and barriers to reform, and uses the season 5 episode "Clarifications" to consider the failure of the media to adequately reflect the social issues depicted in The Wire. One of the landmark series of recent television history, The Wire is ripe for research and discussion. Fans of the series and those interested in social commentary and the media will appreciate Vint's new analysis in this volume.

TV Crime Drama

Author: Sue Turnbull
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 0748678204
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 336
View: 1661
This book provides an historical analysis of the TV crime series as a genre, paying close attention not only to the nature of TV dramas themselves, but also to the context of production and reception.

A White Teacher Talks about Race

Author: Julie Landsman
Publisher: R&L Education
ISBN: 1607090651
Category: Education
Page: 208
View: 7388
Veteran teacher Julie Landsman leads the reader through a day of teaching and reflection about her work with high school students who are from a variety of cultures. She speaks honestly about issues of race, poverty, institutional responsibility, and white privilege by engaging the reader in the experiences of a day in the classroom with some of her remarkable students. Throughout the day, we meet bigotry head-on, struggle with questions of racial identity, and find cultural conflict in the corridors of the school building. Along the way, we come face to face with Tyrone, a young African-American student grappling with the realities of discrimination in suburbia. We encounter Sheila, a teenage mother struggling to raise her baby in poverty, and we get to know Sarah, a white girl living on the streets of Minneapolis. Through the author's eyes, we begin to understand the complexities of teaching in today's society and we learn within the pages of this book, if only just for a moment, what it feels like to be the other.

The Infrastructure of Play: Building the Tourist City

Building the Tourist City
Author: Dennis R. Judd
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317456289
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 352
View: 593
Using in-depth case studies, this volume shows how the infrastructure of tourism has transformed cities throughout North America. It makes clear that the modern urban environment is being thoroughly altered to emphasize the growing tourism sector in such areas as renovated waterfronts.

Das Bild der Stadt

Author: Kevin Lynch
Publisher: Birkhäuser
ISBN: 3035602166
Category: Architecture
Page: 215
View: 1937
Wie orientieren wir uns in einer Stadt? Woher rühren unsere ganz fest umrissenen visuellen Vorstellungen? Um diese Fragen beantworten zu können, studierte Kevin Lynch die Erfahrungen von Menschen und zeigt damit, wie man das Bild der Stadt wieder lebendiger und einprägsamer machen könnte.

Tod und Leben großer amerikanischer Städte

Author: Jane Jacobs
Publisher: Birkhäuser
ISBN: 3035602123
Category: Architecture
Page: 220
View: 8583
In The Death and Life of Great American Cities durchleuchtet Jane Jacobs 1961 die fragwürdigen Methoden der Stadtplanung und Stadtsanierung in Amerika, der "New Yorker" nannte es das unkonventionellste und provozierendste Buch über Städtebau seit langem. Die deutsche Ausgabe wurde schnell auch im deutschsprachigem Raum zu einer viel gelesenen und diskutierten Lektüre. Sie ist jetzt wieder in einem Nachdruck zugänglich, mit einem Vorwort von Gerd Albers (1993), das nach der Aktualität dieser Streitschrift fragt.

Contemporary Authors

New Revision Series. Vol. 139
Author: Tracey L. Matthews,Thomson Gale (Firm)
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780787678937
Category: Authors
Page: 452
View: 9898