Jane Jacobs Urban Communication Book Award

The Jane Jacobs Urban Communication Book Award

Call for Nominations

The annual Jane Jacobs Urban Communication Book Award recognizes an outstanding book, published in English, which exhibits excellence in addressing issues of urban communication. It is named in honor of the late social activist and author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities. All entries must be published between January 1, 2015 and June 30, 2017. The book award brings with it a $500 prize.

To nominate a book, please send a short letter of nomination or self-nomination (in the form of an email attachment) to Timothy Gibson, co-chair of the Jane Jacobs Book Award review committee, at the email address below by July 15, 2017. The letter of nomination should describe the book and explain how it addresses issues central to the field of urban communication. Finalists (or their publishers) will be asked to send four copies of the book to the award committee. For more information on the field of urban communication, and to determine if your nomination fits the award call, please review our mission statement.

Dr. Timothy Gibson (George Mason University)
Co-Chair, Jane Jacobs Urban Communication Book Award Committee.
Email nominations to: janejacobsaward2017@gmail.com

2017 Winner of The Jane Jacobs Urban Communication Book Award

Evelyn M. Perry, Live and Let Live: Diversity, Conflict, and Community in an Integrated Neighborhood (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2017).

Evelyn M. Perry, Live and Let Live: Diversity, Conflict,
and Community in an Integrated Neighborhood
(Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2017).

Live and Let Live: Diversity, Conflict and Community in an Integrated Neighborhood has been selected as the 2017 Jane Jacobs Urban Communication Foundation Award winner. The jury was unanimous in its decision and applauded the work as a rich, detailed, and engagingly written ethnography of how residents of an integrated neighborhood in Milwaukee (one of the most segregated cities in America) negotiate conflicts and differences related to class, race, sexuality, lifestyle, and politics. Her study shows in particular the tensions between two broad cultural approaches to dealing with neighborhood conflicts and tensions: (1) a “live and let live” urbanism that prefers informal processes of social control (forming connections with neighbors vs. calling the police) and which makes fine distinctions between tolerable urban disorders and more intolerable forms of harassment and crime, and (2) an emergent emphasis on and preference for more formal social controls (police, zoning, etc.) and middle-class/suburban definitions of order, often preferred by more recent arrivals (gentrifiers, etc.). Obviously the ability to live with conflicts and differences, particularly around politics, identity, race, and class, is top-of-mind in the first year of a uniquely divisive Trump Presidency. This context–as well as the book’s overall excellence–makes this a very topical choice as well.

Previous Recipients of The Jane Jacobs Urban Communication Book Award

2016

Peter Laurence, Becoming Jane Jacobs (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016).

Peter Laurence, Becoming Jane Jacobs (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016).

2015

Ben Campkin, Remaking London: Decline and Regeneration in Urban Culture (I.B. Tauris, 2013).

Ben Campkin, Remaking London: Decline and Regeneration in Urban Culture (I.B. Tauris, 2013).

2014

Mark Shiel, Hollywood Cinema and the Real Los Angeles (Reaktion Books, 2012).

Mark Shiel, Hollywood Cinema and the Real Los Angeles (Reaktion Books, 2012).

2013

Spoma Jovanovic, Democracy, Dialogue, and Community Action: Truth and Reconciliation in Greensboro (The University of Arkansas Press, 2012).

Spoma Jovanovic, Democracy, Dialogue, and Community Action: Truth and Reconciliation in Greensboro (The University of Arkansas Press, 2012).

Teresa Bergman, Exhibiting Patriotism: Creating and Contesting Interpretations of American Historic Sites (Left Coast Press, 2013).

Teresa Bergman, Exhibiting Patriotism: Creating and Contesting Interpretations of American Historic Sites (Left Coast Press, 2013).

2012

Sharon Zukin, Naked City: The Death and Life of Authentic Public Spaces (Oxford University Press, 2010).

Sharon Zukin, Naked City: The Death and Life of Authentic Public Spaces (Oxford University Press, 2010).

2011

Lindsay Bremner, Writing the City into Being: Essays on Johannesburg 1998-2008 (Fourthwall Books, 2010).

Lindsay Bremner, Writing the City into Being: Essays on Johannesburg 1998-2008 (Fourthwall Books, 2010).

Amy Mills, Streets of Memory: Landscape, Tolerance, and National Identity in Istanbul (University of Georgia Press, 2010).

Amy Mills, Streets of Memory: Landscape, Tolerance, and National Identity in Istanbul (University of Georgia Press, 2010).

2010

Phaedra C. Pezzullo, Toxic Tourism: Rhetorics of Pollution, Travel and Environmental Justice(University of Alabama Press, 2007).

Phaedra C. Pezzullo, Toxic Tourism: Rhetorics of Pollution, Travel and Environmental Justice(University of Alabama Press, 2007).

Stephen A. Goldsmith & Lynne Elizabeth, What We See: Advancing the Observations of Jane Jacobs(New Village Press, 2010).

Stephen A. Goldsmith & Lynne Elizabeth, What We See: Advancing the Observations of Jane Jacobs(New Village Press, 2010).

2009

Andrew Wood, City Ubiquitous: Place, Communication, and the Rise of Omnitopia (Hampton Press, 2009).

Andrew Wood, City Ubiquitous: Place, Communication, and the Rise of Omnitopia (Hampton Press, 2009).

2008

Scott McQuire, The Media City: Media, Architecture and Urban Space (Sage Publications, 2008).

Scott McQuire, The Media City: Media, Architecture and Urban Space (Sage Publications, 2008).

2007

Paul Mason Fotsch, Watching the Traffic Go By: Transportation and Isolation in Urban America (The University of Texas Press, 2007).

Paul Mason Fotsch, Watching the Traffic Go By: Transportation and Isolation in Urban America (The University of Texas Press, 2007).

Timothy A. Gibson and Mark Lowes, Urban Communication: Production, Text, Context (Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2006).

Timothy A. Gibson and Mark Lowes, Urban Communication: Production, Text, Context (Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2006).

2006

First Prize

Steve Macek, Urban Nightmares: The media and the Moral Panic over the City (University of Minnesota Press, 2006).

Steve Macek, Urban Nightmares: The media and the Moral Panic over the City (University of Minnesota Press, 2006).

Second Prize

Jane Golden, Robin Rice, and Natalie Pompillo with Photographs by David Grahamand Jack Ramsdale, More Philadelphia Murals and the Stories They Tell (Temple University Press, 2006).

Jane Golden, Robin Rice, and Natalie Pompillo with Photographs by David Grahamand Jack Ramsdale, More Philadelphia Murals and the Stories They Tell (Temple University Press, 2006).

2005

Daniel Makagon, Where the Ball Drops: Days and Nights in Times Square (University of Minnesota Press, 2004).

Daniel Makagon, Where the Ball Drops: Days and Nights in Times Square (University of Minnesota Press, 2004).