New Book: Community Control and Global Capital

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Sun Feb 1 16:18:36 CST 2004

[ed:  Congratulations to James on the publication of his book.]

From: James_DeFilippis at

I'm very happy to announce that my new book "Unmaking Goliath: 
Community Control in the Face of Global Capital" (Routledge, New 
York, 2004) has been released.  The description on the back is:  

As economies move headlong into the global arena and capital 
becomes increasingly mobile, how should local community-controlled 
organizations act to maintain their political power?  In Unmaking 
Goliath, James Defilippis considers the impact of globalization on cities 
and communities in the US, and offers empirically grounded 
suggestions for what localities can do to retain their autonomy.  Taking 
a firm stance against the naysayers who believe that our communities 
are powerless in the face of footloose corporations, DeFilippis looks at 
examples of contemporary collectivist organizations in housing, 
banking, and industry, and analyzes their successes and weaknesses.  
Unmaking Goliath is a fresh and challenging perspective for anti-
globalization activists across the country.  

"James Defilippis has made an extraordinarily important contribution to 
the urban political economy literature.  In his analysis of the potential of 
collectively owned, local enterprises, he offers critics of globalization 
and mobile capital a realistic assessment of the alternatives to them.  
By examining empirically some experiments in local autonomy and 
placing them within a broad theoretical context, he arrives at sensible 
conclusions that sum up both the possibilities and deficiencies of think 
locally" -- Susan Fainstein, Professor of Urban Planning, Columbia 
University, and author of The City Builders  

"Unmaking Goliath is not just a masterly crafted scholarly work but 
foremost a long overdue political intervention that puts the interests of 
people and communities first.  It does so with a commitment, 
engagement, and passion that are rarely found these days.  This book 
is a heart-warmer for all those who believe an alternative to neo-liberal 
globalization is not only possible but is already actively constructed in 
many communities around the world" -- Eric Swyngedouw, School of 
Geography and the Environment, Oxford University  

James DeFilippis
Department of Black and Hispanic Studies
Baruch College, CUNY
New York, NY 10010
646-312-4447Randy Stoecker
Professor of Sociology
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
University of Toledo
Toledo, OH  43606

phone: 419-530-4975
fax: 419-530-8406

e-mail: randy.stoecker at

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