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Dear H-Radhist, I thought my new book, _Poverty in Common_, which focuses on U.S. liberalism and the politics of community-based antipoverty programs in the context of the Cold War and global decolonization, may be of interest to list readers. Alyosha Goldstein POVERTY IN COMMON: The Politics of Community Action during the American Century (Duke University Press, 2012) After the Second World War, the idea that local community action was indispensable for the alleviation of poverty was broadly embraced by policymakers, social scientists, international development specialists, and grassroots activists. Governmental efforts to mobilize community action in the name of democracy served as a volatile condition of possibility through which poor people and dispossessed groups negotiated the tension between calls for self-help and demands for self-determination in the context of the Cold War and global decolonization. _Poverty in Common_ suggests new ways to think about the relationship between liberalism, government, and inequality with implications for current debates over the “end of welfare,” and neoliberalism in the United States. Alyosha Goldstein analyzes a compelling but often overlooked series of historical episodes: Progressive Era reform as a precursor to community development during the Cold War; how the language of “underdevelopment” articulated ideas about poverty and foreignness; the use of poverty as a crucible of interest group politics; and how radical groups critically reframed the question of community action in anticolonial terms. He shows how approaches to poverty were linked to the racialized and gendered negotiation of boundaries—between foreign and domestic, empire and nation, violence and order, dependency and autonomy—in the mid-twentieth century United States. Table of Contents: Acknowledgments ix Introduction: "Now, We're Our Own Government" 1 1. Freedom Between: Inequality and the Democracy of "Felt Needs" 31 2. On the Internal Border: Colonial Difference and the Locations of Underdevelopment 77 3. The Civics and Civilities of Poverty: Participation, Policing, and the Poor People's Campaign 111 4. The Surplus of Inclusion: Poverty, Pluralism, and the Politics of Community 155 5. Thresholds of Opposition: Liberty, Liberation, and the Horizon of Incrimination 199 Conclusion. A Peculiar Freedom: Community and Poverty, from New Federalism to Neoliberalism 245 Notes 257 Bibliography 323 Index 357 About the author: Alyosha Goldstein is Associate Professor in the Department of American Studies at the University of New Mexico. https://www.facebook.com/PovertyInCommon H-RadHist H-Radhistfirstname.lastname@example.org http://www.h-net.org/~radhist/ [list website] http://www.h-net.org/lists/subscribe.cgi?list=H-Radhist [subscribe to H-DC] Remember to check http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/logbrowse.pl?trx=lm&LIST=radhist for past list messages.