Searching for Whitopia: An Improbable Journey to the Heart of White America

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5.82 X 8.52 X 1.06 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author
Rich Benjamin is a well-connected scholar, lecturer, and commentator on contemporary American politics and culture. His commentary is featured on NPR, FOX radio, newspapers and the blogosphere, including The Huffington Post, Tom Paine, Afronetizen, and Talking Points Cafe). He has PhD from Stanford University in Modern Thought and Literature in 2001/02, he was a visiting scholar at Columbia Unviersity Law School, and he is currently a senior fellow at DEMOS, a progressive national think tank based in New York City.
"It sounds like a recipe for a riot: an inquisitive black writer journeying into some of the most segregated neighborhoods in the country. But Benjamin...pulls off his quest with good cheer."--Time
"[Benjamin] offers in the end a chilling vision of the future for progressive values."--Daily Kos
"The revelatory chapters about New York City made me want to cry . . . Generous and understanding to all of its subjects, Searching for Whitopia is a eulogy for an unsustainable America lifestyle."--Christian Lander, creator of Stuff White People Like
"Exploring the identity, inhabitants, and social and political implications of...small the premise of Benjamin's provocative new book."--The Daily Beast
"Benjamin writes in rapturous prose."--- The Wilson Quarterly
"A lively and perceptive foray into communities that are trying to bail out of the melting pot."--Mother Jones
"A wry and chilling tour of America's all-white communities."--- Time Out New York
"Benjamin is clear in his conclusion that this trend is not healthy for either white or minority communities. Ideally, he writes, each group should thrive on . . . the influence of the other groups. Already, white communities are suffering from problems like unchecked sprawl and bad schools, and low-income minority groups are also losing access to the social capital of middle-class groups."--Kirkus Reviews
"Benjamin examines the history, politics, economics, and culture of race and class as seen in the growth of these `whitopias, ' racially and therefore socioeconomically exclusive communities from the exurb St. George, Utah to the inner-city enclave of Carnegie Hill in Manhattan. . . . This is a thoroughly engaging and eye-opening look at an urgent social issue."--Booklist, Starred Review