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Citizenship and Governance in a Changing City: Somerville, MA
by Susan Ostrander
Temple University Press, 2013
eISBN: 978-1-4399-1014-6 | Cloth: 978-1-4399-1012-2 | Paper: 978-1-4399-1013-9
Library of Congress Classification HN80.S566O88 2013
Dewey Decimal Classification 307.14097444

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Overcoming a past of deteriorating homes, empty storefronts, and corrupt city administrations, Somerville, Massachusetts, just outside of Boston, today proudly defines itself as a longtime immigrant city, a historically blue collar town, and a hip new urban center with a progressive city government.

In Citizenship and Governance in a Changing City, Susan Ostrander shows how beneath current high levels of engagement by Somerville residents lies a struggle about who should be the city's elected leaders and how they should conduct the city's affairs. It is a struggle waged between diverse residents--relatively new immigrants and a new middle class-trying to gain a foothold in democratic participation, and the city's political "old guard." 

Citizenship and Governance in a Changing City informs current debates about the place of immigrants in civic and political life, and the role of voluntary associations in local politics and government. In the process, Ostrander provides useful lessons for many midsize urban communities.
 
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