Wealth, Community, and the Politics of Homeownership
Author: Brian J. McCabe
Pubpsher: Oxford University Press
Category: Community development
In the decade following the housing crisis, Americans remain enthusiastic about the prospect of owning a home. Homeownership is a symbol of status attainment in the United States, and for many Americans, buying a home is the most important financial investment they will ever make. We are deeply committed to an ideology of homeownership that presents homeownership as a tool for building stronger communities and crafting better citizens. However, in No Place Like Home, Brian McCabe argues that such beliefs about the public benefits of homeownership are deeply mischaracterized. As owning a home has emerged as the most important way to build wealth in the United States, it has also reshaped the way citizens become involved in their communities. Rather than engaging as public-spirited stewards of civic life, McCabe demonstrates that homeowners often engage in their communities as a way to protect their property values. This involvement contributes to the politics of exclusion, and prevents particular citizens from gaining access to high-opportunity neighborhoods, thereby reinforcing patterns of residential segregation. A thorough analysis of the politics of homeownership, No Place Like Home prompts readers to reconsider the power of homeownership to strengthen citizenship and build better communities.
This is the first comprehensive account of Germany's most enduring film genre, the Heimatfilm, which has offered idyllic variations on the idea that "there is no place like home" since cinema's early days. Charting the development of this popular genre over the course of a century in a work informed by film studies, cultural history, and social theory, Johannes von Moltke focuses in particular on its heyday in the 1950s, a period that has been little studied. Questions of what it could possibly mean to call the German nation "home" after the catastrophes of World War II are anxiously present in these films, and von Moltke uses them as a lens through which to view contemporary discourses on German national identity.
It's tough to solve a dead cop's murder when there's no hard evidence; it's tougher still when the cops don't want to believe the crime ever happened. It gets even more difficult when small town politicians fight scorched earth turf wars, and when a high-priced, well-connected crime consultant sets you up to take the rap for not only that crime, but a half-dozen other homicides as well, even a former FBI profiler and "black Ops" agent can find himself backed into a deadly corner. When a respected cop is found naked and dead in a sleazy motel, emotionally battered FBI profiler turned reluctant PI Jonathan Kraag sets out to clear the dead man's reputation. The trail leads Kraag to homicide cases hot and cold and behind wholesome facades to the dark, seamy underside of suburban life. Scorned by infighting local politicians, hunted by local law enforcement, and with no tangible evidence to support his claims, Kraag risks his life and fragile sanity as he pits his deductive skills against a vicious, manipulative killer who seems to hold all the trump cards - and to have a hold on his heart."
A lively do-it-yourself guide for young women explains how to create and enjoy a space at home that truly reflects one's personality, with inventive, cost-effective techniques and advice on how to create an accent wall, grow an indoor herb garden, build a home spa, put together an old-fashioned slumber party, make a one-of-a-kind scrapbook, and more. Original.
Cathy Blount has a unique gift of being able to communicate her story with heart-wrenching honesty and emotion, yet with God's strength and hope. For anyone who loves someone who is gay, this book is for you. You will go on a rollercoaster journey with Cathy as she shares her feelings of shock, sadness, anger, despair, and finally acceptance with anticipation that nothing is impossible with God. This book is an encouragement to any Christian parent who has faced disappointment and heartache because of their child's unfair suffering or unwise choices. Cathy will inspire you as you read her words of faith, hope, and love. a "Nancy H. Burgess, Director of Heart and Soul Connection"
This extraordinarily wide-ranging collection of stories and essays by young writers about being refugees in Australia creates a strong narrative picture of Australians past and present. A useful tool for anyone interested in the international issue of displaced persons or in unique perspectives on racism, this collection explores difficult political issues through devastating, yet ultimately hopeful, personal stories.
Sometimes wicked... is really good. Parker and Ella-Marie find themselves cut off from the group of Avatars heading to hide in Perchta's Garden. Instead they find themselves flung into a fantastical land, facing a powerful witch who claims to be Dorothy of Oz. The women offer their help to free Oz of the demon scourge that threatens the magical lands and people there. Alliances can be tricky when your new powerful ally swings between the extremes of good and evil with only a moment's notice.