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The Public City: The Political Construction of Urban Life in San Francisco, 1850-1900

Philip Ethington

Abstract

This book challenges the assumptions of several decades of urban history that treat American urban politics as the expression of social-group community experience. Instead, it maintains that social-group identities of race, class, ethnicity, and gender were politically constructed in the public sphere in the process of political mobilization and journalistic discourse. The book looks specifically at the political construction of urban life in San Francisco from 1850–1900.

Keywords: urban life, urban politics, urban history, San Francisco, social groups, race, class, ethnicity, gender

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780520230019
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520230019.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip Ethington, author