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After America's Midlife Crisis


Michael Gecan brings his deep knowledge of Chicago's blighted neighborhoods, bloated bureaucracy, and venal political machine to bear on a thoroughgoing and nationwide critique.

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September 2009
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For several decades Michael Gecan has worked with groups that serve their communities when conservative get-tough rhetoric and endless liberal programs do not cut it.

In After America's Midlife Crisis, Gecan reveals an urban landscape in which careerism, nepotism, and greed are the principal movers in policy, while the institutions that preserve and advance communities — schools, churches, affordable housing, recreational opportunities — have fallen prey to the indifference of pols and developers and the shortsightedness of technocrats.

But Gecan would not be a lifelong organizer if he did not see the possibility for change. With relational work — the heart of organizing — at the center of new efforts, he shows how local experiments can create vibrant institutions that truly serve their constituents. Most importantly, he calls on national and local leadership to shed old ways of thinking and face new realities.

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