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The Ghetto: A Very Short Introduction

Bryan Cheyette

27 August 2020

ISBN: 9780198809951

168 pages

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Very Short Introductions

Price: £8.99



'Ghetto' is an extraordinarily complex word that encompasses Jewish history, black experiences in northern America, and our contemporary sense of cities and countries segregated by race and class. Exploring the various identities and uses of ghettos, Bryan Cheyette shows how different instances of ghettoization interrelate across time and space.

  • Covers the varying histories of different kinds of ghettos - urban, racial, and colonial
  • Considers the identity of the people in ghettos, and why and how ghetto communities are formed
  • Analyses the appearance of ghettos in popular culture
  • Shows how both the experience of ghettoization and the memory of ghettos impacts people living in them
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over ten million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Bryan Cheyette, University of Reading

Bryan Cheyette is Chair in Modern Literature and Culture at the University of Reading, and a Fellow of the English Association. He has authored or edited eleven books and is a Series Editor for Bloomsbury (New Horizons in Contemporary Writing). He has lectured widely throughout the United States and Europe and has held visiting positions at Dartmouth College, the University of Michigan, and the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds fellowships at the universities of Leeds, Southampton and Birkbeck College, London. He reviews fiction for several British newspapers, and has published nearly one hundred reviews on film, history, and fiction for the Times Literary Supplement.

Table of Contents

    Preface and Acknowledgments
    List of illustrations
    1:Why ghetto?
    2:The age of the ghetto
    3:Ghettos of the Imagination
    4:Nazism and the ghetto
    5:The americanization of the ghetto
    6:Global ghettos
    Further reading
    Publishers acknowledgements


"This overview of the changing meaning of the ghetto across the globe and through time is highly recommended for readers new to the subject, as well as for those who wish to deepen their knowledge through its excellent bibliography." - Laura Vaughan, LSE Review of Books

"Bryan Cheyette has vigorously met the challenge of looking at ghettos in history and literature from 16th-century Italy to present-day America." - David Abulafia, Jewish Renaissance

"Revealing new details and insights on almost every page." - Howard Cooper, Jewish Chronicle

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