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Bronze Age


Ugo Rossi and Alberto Vanolo (2012) *Urban Political Geographies. A Global Perspective*, SAGE, London, 232 pages

How can we think about the urban within a political and geographical framework? This compelling textbook scrutinizes urban politics through a theoretical and empirical lens to provide readers with a clear understanding of the relationship between political, spatial and economic issues relating to the urban environment. Taking a truly global analysis, the book uses international comparative case studies from cities across the world including, London, Beijing, Austin and Vancouver. It draws on ideas and theories from human geography, politics, sociology, economics and development.

Engaging in style and thorough in its coverage of the key issues, the book is essential reading for students and scholars looking for a book that deals with contemporary urban debates from a political, economic and geographical perspective.


“Ugo Rossi and Alberto Vanolo take us on a journey around the ascent and crisis of urban liberalism, providing a clear and highly readable analysis of key issues and debates in the field of urban political geography” *Ola Söderström,
Institute de Géographie, Université de Neuchâtel (Switzerland)

“It is in the city trenches that the crises, contradictions, and counterpolitics of neoliberalization are finding some of their most vivid and consequential expressions, where new worlds are being imagined, made, and unmade. This has yet to be mapped. But in Urban Political Geographies, we have a timely and astute field guide to this unfolding process” *Jamie Peck Department of Geography, University of British Columbia (Canada)

“An incisive and lucid account of contemporary urban politics” *AbdouMaliq Simone, Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths College, University of London (UK)


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Dear Friends and Colleagues: 

I am happy to announce that the second edition of my book The Working Class Majority: America’s Best Kept Secret is now in print and available for immediate shipping from Cornell University Press.  Just out, it is not yet available for shipping through Amazon, which is now taking orders for later delivery. 

Order your copy of the 2nd edition of The Working Class Majority for immediate delivery now from Cornell University Press, in time for a holiday gift to yourself or someone you know who should know about how class works. 

Go to  http://www.cornellpress.  to order, and use the code <CAU6> on the order page  to receive a 20% discount on the price, a special offer from Cornell for anyone ordering early in response to this announcement.  Regular price = $19.95.  Discount price = $15.96. 

What’s new in the 2nd edition:   

* Updates all data and examples to latest available in August 2011; 
documents changes in the occupational composition of the working class and the professional middle class; 
* Includes new information and analysis of immigration; 
* Provides a history of the corporate assault on the working class from the 1970 Lewis Powell memo to Scott Walker in Wisconsin this year; 
* Updates developments in the labor and working class community movements. 

For classroom use in the spring 2012 semester, ask your bookstore to contact Cornell University Press directly until the book is available through normal distribution channels in mid-January. 

ALSO AVAILABLE FOR THE HOLIDAYS from the Center for Study of Working Class Life, for immediate delivery for you or someone you know who needs to know: 

“Class Struggle and the Origin of Racial Slavery: The Invention of the White Race,” by Theodore W. Allen, with introduction by Jeffrey B. Perry (44pp.): 

“The Fierce Urgency of Now,” essays by and about Jack O’Dell, including O’Dell’s first formulation of the Democracy Charter  (28 pp.): 

The 27 minute DVD “Why Are We in Afghanistan?” 

The 27 minute DVD “Meeting Face to Face: The Iraq-U.S. Labor Solidarity Tour” (2005) (English, with subtitles in Arabic, French, and Spanish: 


With best wishes for the New Year, 

Michael Zweig 
Director, Center for Study of Working Class Life 
Department of Economics 
State University of New york 
Stony Brook, NY 11794-4384 




‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: (recording) and (live)


‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: (recording) and (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales)  


‘Cheerful Sin’ – a new song by Victor Rikowski:


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