Living Reading List

Alba, Richard, and Nancy Foner. Strangers No More: Immigration and the Challenges of Integration in North America and Western Europe. Princeton UP, 2015.

Ameel, Lieven. “Towards a Narrative Typology of Urban Planning Narratives for, in and of Planning in Jätkäsaari, Helsinki.” URBAN DESIGN International, vol. 22, no. 4, 2016, pp. 318–330, doi:10.1057/s41289-016-0030-8.


Ameel, Lieven. The Narrative Turn in Urban Planning: Plotting the Helsinki Waterfront. New York: Routledge, 2021.

Anderson, Elijah. The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life. Norton, 2011.

---. "The Iconic Ghetto." Bringing Fieldwork Back. In: Contemporary Urban Ethnographic Research, edited by Elijah Anderson, Dana Asbury, Duke W. Austin, Esther Chihye Kim, Vani S. Kulkarni, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, vol. 642, 2012, pp. 8-24.

---. "The White Space." Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, vol. 1, no. 1, 2015, pp. 10-21.

---. Inner-City Schools: Inequality and Urban Education. Sage, 2017.

Angelo, Hillary. "More than Exception: Categories and the Problem of 'Nature' in the Ruhr." Moving the Social, vol. 50, 2013, pp. 7-24.

Angelo, Hillary. How Green Became Good: Urbanized Nature and the Making of Cities and Citizens. Chicago UP, 2021.

Arghavan, Mahmoud, Nicole Hirschfelder, Luvena Kopp, Katharina Motyl, editors. Who Can Speak and Who Is Heard/Hurt? transcript, 2019.

Assmann, Aleida. “Geschichte findet Stadt.” Kommunikation - Gedächtnis – Raum. Eds. Moritz Csáky and Christoph Leitgeb. transcript, 2015. 13-28.

Atkinson, Jennifer Wren. Gardenland: Nature, Fantasy, and Everyday Practice. Athens, GA: U of Georgia P, 2018.

Bassett, Thomas J. “Reaping on the Margins: A Century of Community Gardening in America.” Landscape 25.2 (1981): 1–8.

Becker, Emily, and Nathan McClintock. “The Cost of Low-Hanging Fruit? An Orchard, a Nonprofit, and Changing Community in Portland.” A Recipe for Gentrification. Eds. Alison Hope Alkon, Yuki Kato, and Joshua Sbicca. New York: New York UP, 2020. 132–153.

Berger, Stefan, Ulrich Borsdorf, Ludger Claßen, Heinrich Theodor Grütter, and Dieter Nellen, editors. Zeit-Räume Ruhr: Erinnerungsorte des Ruhrgebiets. Klartext, 2019.

---, and Steven High. "(De-)Industrial Heritage: An Introduction." Labor: Studies in Working-Class History, vol. 16, no.1, 2019, pp. 1-26.

Bode, Christoph, and Rainer Dietrich. Future Narratives: Theory, Poetics, and Media-Historical Moment, edited by Christoph Bode, vol. 1, Berlin, de Gruyter, 2013.

Bridger, Jeffrey C. "Community Imagery and the Built Environment." The Sociological Quarterly, vol. 37, no. 3, 1996, pp. 353-374,

Brown, Adrienne. The Black Skyscraper. Architecture and the Perception of Race. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019.

Buchenau, Barbara and Jens Gurr. “Scripts’ in Urban Development. Procedural Knowledge, Self-Description and Persuasive Blueprint for the Future.” Charting Literary Urban Studies. Texts as Models of and for the City, Jens Gurr, Routledge, 2021, pp. 141-163.

---. “On the Textuality of American Cities and their Others: A Disputation.” Projecting American Studies: Essays on Theory, Method and Practice, edited by Frank Kelleter and Alexander Starre, Winter, 2018, pp. 135-152.

---. “Urban American Studies and the Conjunction of Textual Strategies and Spatial Processes.” Spaces—Communities—Representations: Urban Transformations in the USA, edited by Julia Sattler, Transcript, 2016, pp. 395-420.

Caspers, Britta, Dirk Hallenberger, Werner Jung, and Rolf Parr. Ruhrgebietsliteratur seit 1960: Eine Geschichte nach Knotenpunkten, Berlin, J.B. Metzler, 2019.

Chenarides, Lauren, Carola Grebitus, Jayson L. Lusk, and Iryna Printezis. “Who Practices Urban Agriculture? An Empirical Analysis of Participation Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Agribusiness 37 (2021): 142–159.

Cialdella, Joseph Stanhope. "A Landscape of Ruin and Repair: Parks, Potatoes, and Detroit's Environmental Past, 1879-1900." Michigan Historical Review, vol. 40, no. 1, 2014, pp. 49-72,

Cowan, Aaron. A Nice Place to Visit: Tourism and Urban Revitalization in the Postwar Rustbelt. Temple University Press, 2016.

Cullingworth, Barry. Planning in the USA. 2nd ed. Routledge, 2004.

De Certeau, Michel. The Practice of Everyday Life. Translated by Steven Rendall. University of California Press, 1984.

Doucet, Brian. “Deconstructing Dominant Narratives of Urban Failure and Gentrification in a Racially Unjust City: The Case of Detroit.” Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie, vol. 111, no. 4, 2020, pp. 634–51. doi:10.1111/tesg.12411.

Duneier, Mitchell. Ghetto: The Invention of a Place, the History of an Idea. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2016.

Dunning, Claire M. "New Careers for the Poor: Human Services and the Post-Industrial City." Journal of Urban History, vol. 44, no. 4, July 2018, pp. 669–690.

---. Nonprofit Neighborhoods: Governing the City from Poverty to Inequality. Historical Studies in Urban America Series, U of Chicago P, forthcoming.

Eckstein, Barbara. Sustaining New Orleans:  Literature, Local Memory. Routledge, 2005.

Eckstein, Barbara and James Throgmorton. Story and Sustainability:  Planning, Practice, and Possibility for American Cities.  MIT Press, 2003.

Emmett, Robert S. Cultivating Environmental Justice: A Literary History of U.S. Garden Writing. University of Massachusetts Press, 2016.

Enright, Theresa, and Ugo Rossi. “Ambivalence of the Urban Commons.” The Routledge Handbook on Spaces of Urban Politics. Eds. Kevin Ward, Andrew E. G. Jonas, Byron Miller, and David Wilson. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2018. 35–46.

Farrenkopf, Michael, Stefan Goch, Manfred Rasch, and Hans-Werner Wehling, editors. Die Stadt der Städte: Das Ruhrgebiet und seine Umbrüche. Klartext, 2019.

Ferris, John, et al. “People, Land and Sustainability: Community Gardens and the Social Dimension of Sustainable Development.” Social Policy & Administration, vol. 35, no. 5, 2001, pp. 559–68. doi:10.1111/1467-9515.t01-1-00253.

Firth, Chris, Damian Maye, and David Pearson. “Developing ‘Community’ in Community Gardens.” Local Environment 16.6 (2011): 555–568. DOI: 10.1080/13549839.2011.586025.

Forty, Adrian. Words and Buildings: A Vocabulary of Modern Architecture. Thames & Hudson, 2004.

Foss, Ann. “Divergent Responses to Sustainability and Climate Change Planning: The Role of Politics, Cultural Frames and Public Participation.” Urban Studies, vol. 55, no. 2, 2018, pp. 332–48. doi:10.1177/0042098016651554.

Gamberini, Julia. “Postwachstums- versus nachhaltige Stadt? Gemeinsamkeiten, Spannungsfelder und Auswirkungen auf Städte und Stadtforschung” Postwachstumsstadt, edited by Anton Brokow-Loga, and Frank Eckardt, Oekom, 2020, pp. 104-119.

Gioielli, Robert R. Environmental Activism and the Urban Crisis: Baltimore, St. Louis, Chicago. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, May 2014.

Gioielli, Robert R. “Pruitt-Igoe in the Suburbs: Connecting White Flight, Sprawl and Climate Change in Metropolitan America” for “Bounded Democracy,” special issue of American Studies/Amerikastudien, edited by Bryant Simon and Anke Ortlepp. December 2020.

Güntner, Simon. Soziale Stadtpolitik: Institutionen, Netzwerke und Diskurse in der Politikgestaltung. Transcript Verlag, 2007.

Gurr, Jens Martin. Charting Literary Urban Studies: Texts as Models of and for the City. Routledge, 2021.

Hackworth, Jason. Manufacturing Decline. How Racism and the Conservative Movement Crush the American Rust Belt. Columbia UP, 2019.

Hamera, Judith. Unfinished Business: Michael Jackson, Detroit, and the Figural Economy of American Deindustrialization. OUP, 2017.

Heise, Thomas. The Gentrification Plot: New York and the Postindustrial Crime Novel. Literature Now series. Columbia University Press, 2021.

Heise, Thomas. "Writing the Ghetto, Inventing the Slum." The City in American Literature and Culture, edited by Kevin McNamara, CUP, 2021, pp.70–84.

Henig, Jeffrey R. Spin Cycle: How Research Is Used in Policy Debates – The Case of Charter Schools. Russell Sage Foundation, 2008.

Hess, Frederick M., and Jeffrey R. Henig. The New Education Philanthropy: Politics, Policy, and Reform. Harvard Education P, 2015.

Hill, Richard, and Paul Bowen. “Sustainable Construction: Principles and a Framework for Attainment.” Construction Management Economics, vol. 15, no. 3, pp. 223–239.

Hinton, Elizabeth. From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America. Harvard UP, 2016.

Hobor, George. “Surviving the Era of Deindustrialization: The New Economic Geography of the Urban Rust Belt.” Journal of Urban Affairs, vol. 35, no. 4, 2013, pp. 417–34. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9906.2012.00625.x.

Holme, Jennifer J., and Kara S. Finnigan. Striving in Common: A Regional Equity Framework for Urban Schools. Harvard Education P, 2018.

Hou, Jeffrey, Julie M. Johnson, and Laura J. Lawson. Greening Cities, Growing Communities: Learning from Seattle’s Urban Community Gardens. Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 2009.

Jonas, Andrew. “Beyond the Urban ‘Sustainability Fix’: Looking for New Spaces and Discourses of Sustainability in the City.” The Politics of the Urban Sustainability Concept, edited by David Wilson, Common Ground Publishing, 2015, pp. 117-135.

Kelley, Robin D. G. Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination. Beacon P, 2002.

Kickert, Conrad. “Downtown Detroit’s Development Paradoxes.” Daily Detroit Podcast, January 24, 2020, Accessed March 31, 2020.

Kickert, Conrad. Dream City: Creation, Destruction, and Reinvention in Downtown Detroit. MIT Press, 2019.

Kinney, Rebecca. Beautiful Wasteland: The Rise of Detroit as America’s Postindustrial Frontier, University of Minnesota Press, 2016.

Krueger, Rob, and Lydia Savage. “City-Regions and Social Reproduction: a ‘Place’ for Sustainable Development?” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, vol. 31, 2007, pp. 215-223.

---, and David Gibbs. “‘Third Wave’ Sustainability? Smart Growth and Regional Development in the USA.” Regional Studies, vol. 42, no. 9, 2008, pp. 1263–74. doi:10.1080/00343400801968403.

Lawson, Laura J. City Bountiful. A Century of Community Gardening in America. Berkeley and Los Angeles: U of California P, 2005.

Lindner, Rolf. “The Imaginary of the City.” Toward a New Metropolitanism. Reconstituting Public Culture, Urban Citizenship, and the Multicultural Imaginary in New York and Berlin, edited by Günter H. Lenz, Friedrich Ulfers, and Antje Dallmann, Universitätsverlag Winter, 2006, pp. 209-215.

Locke, Ryan, Michael Mehaffy, Tigran Haas, and Krister Olsson. "Urban Heritage as a Generator of Landscapes: Building New Geographies from Post-Urban Decline in Detroit." Urban Science, vol. 2, no. 3, 2018,

Linkon, Sherry Lee. The Half-Life of Deindustrialization: Working-Class Writing about Economic Restructuring. University of Michigan Press, 2018.

Linkon, Sherry Lee. “Narrating Past and Future: Deindustrialized Landscapes as Resources.” International Labor and Working-Class History, vol. 84, 2013, pp. 38–54., doi:10.1017/s0147547913000240.

Neumann, Tracy. Remaking the Rust Belt: the Postindustrial Transformation of North America. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016.

Love, Bettina L. We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom. Beacon P, 2019.

---, and Gholnecsar E. Muhammad. "What Do We Have to Lose: Toward Disruption, Agitation, and Abolition in Black Education." International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, vol. 33, no.7, 2020, pp. 695-697.

McClintock, Nathan, Christiana Miewald and Eugene McCann. “The Politics of Urban Agriculture.” The Routledge Handbook on Spaces of Urban Politics. Eds. Kevin Ward, Andrew E. G. Jonas, Byron Miller, and David Wilson. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2018. 361–374.

McKay, George. Radical Gardening: Politics, Idealism & Rebellion in the Garden. London: Frances Lincoln, 2011.

Miller, Byron. “Sustainability for Whom? Sustainability How?” The Politics of the Urban Sustainability Concept, edited by David Wilson, Common Ground Publishing, 2015, pp. 107-116.

Muhammad, Khalil G. The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America. HUP, 2010.

Neumann, Tracy. Remaking the Rust Belt: The Postindustrial Transformation of North America. U of Penn P, 2016.

Nightingale, Andrea J. “Commoning for Inclusion? Commons, Exclusion, Property and Socio-Natural Becomings.” International Journal of the Commons 13.1 (2019): 16–35. DOI:

Nightingale, Carl H. Segregation: A Global History of Divided Cities. Historical Studies of Urban America. U of Chicago P, 2012.

Paddeu, Flaminia. “Legalising Urban Agriculture in Detroit: A Contested Way of Planning for Decline.” Town Planning Review 88 (2017): 109–129. 10.3828/tpr.2017.9.

Psarra, Sophia. Architecture and Narrative : The Formation of Space and Cultural Meaning. Routledge, 2009.

Pudup, Mary Beth. “It Takes a Garden: Cultivating Citizen-Subjects in Organized Garden Projects.” Geoforum 39.3 (2008): 1228–1240.

Reichl, Alexander. “Manufacturing Landmarks in New York City Parks.” Journal of Urban History, vol. 44, no. 4, 2018, pp. 736–54. doi:10.1177/0096144214566984.

Rogge, Nicole, et al. “Social Sustainability Through Social Interaction—A National Survey on Community Gardens in Germany.” Sustainability, vol. 10, no. 4, 2018, 1085. doi:10.3390/su10041085.

Rosol, Marit. “Politics of Urban Gardening.” The Routledge Handbook on Spaces of Urban Politics. Eds. Kevin Ward, Andrew E. G. Jonas, Byron Miller, and David Wilson. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2018. 134–145.

Sattler Julia. “Dealing with the Past Spatially: Storytelling and Sustainability in De-Industrializing Communities”, European Journal of American Studies [Online], 10-3 | 2015, document 2.3, Online since 31 December 2015.

Sattler, Julia. “Narratives of Urban Transformation Reading the Rust Belt in the Ruhr Valley.” Urban Transformations in the U.S.A: Spaces, Communities, Representations, ed. by Julia Sattler, Transcript Verlag, 2016, pp. 11–26.

Sattler, Julia. “Finding Words: American Studies in Dialogue with Urban Planning.” Projecting American Studies Essays on Theory, Method, and Practice, edited by Frank Kelleter and Alexander Starre, Universitätsverlag Winter, 2018, pp. 121–134.

Shange, Savannah. Progressive Dystopia: Abolition, Antiblackness,+ Schooling in San Francisco. Duke UP, 2019.

Shutters, Shade T., et al. “Constrained Pathways to a Creative Urban Economy.” Urban Studies, vol. 53, no. 16, 2016, pp. 3439–54. doi:10.1177/0042098015616892.

Throgmorton, James. Planning as Persuasive Storytelling: the Rhetorical Construction of Chicago's Electric Future. University of Chicago, 1996.

Throgmorton, James. “Planning as persuasive storytelling in a global-scale web of relationships”. Planning Theory 2(2), 2003, pp. 125–151.

Tissot, Sylvie. Good Neighbors: Gentrifying Diversity in Boston’s South End. 2011. Trans. David Broder and Catherine Romatowski. London and New York: Verso, 2015.

Tompkins-Stange, Megan E. Policy Patrons: Philanthropy, Education Reform, and the Politics of Influence. Harvard Education P, 2020.

Tulloch, Lynley, and David Neilson. “The Neoliberalisation of Sustainability.” Citizenship, Social and Economics Education, vol. 13, no. 1, 2014, pp. 26-38.

Vormann, Boris. Global Port Cities in North America: Urbanization Processes and Global Production Networks. Routledge, 2015.

Wachsmuth, David, Daniel Aldana Cohen, and Hillary Angelo. "Expand the Frontiers of Urban Sustainability." Nature, vol. 536, no. 7617, 2016, pp. 391-393.

White, Monica M. “Sisters of the Soil: Urban Gardening as Resistance in Detroit.” Race/Ethnicity 5.1 (2011): 13–28.

Zepp, Harald. "Regional Green Belts in the Ruhr Region: A Planning Concept Revisited in View of Ecosystem Services." Erdkunde, vol. 72, no. 1, pp. 1-21,

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