Book Review in “The Journal of Urban Affairs”

[A] detailed and powerful new book…. Young is eager for public history to move beyond what he calls ‘building-ism,’ the disproportionate focus on the architectural features of historic places, and to focus instead on ‘beingness,’ a fuller appreciation for the communities and social engagement processes that make and remake history on a daily basis…. But ‘effective public history’ is fundamentally about people and their communities. How the history of a place is made, interpreted, and preserved or discarded depends on who occupies that place and whose voices get heard. As such, this book… [should] be of great interest to social scientists, urban planners, and activists interested in how urban communities develop, change, and record their memories.” 

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