Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

A Lesson on How to Survive Diversity

Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

A Lesson on How to Survive Diversity

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A Lesson on How to Survive Diversity

Evelyn M. Perry. Live and Let Live: Diversity, Conflict, and Community in an Integrated Neighborhood. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, February 27, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-4696-3138-7. $24.95. 248pp. 6.125X9.25". 10 illustrations.

Maybe I've reviewed too many books in the last couple of days, but this one is really frustrating me. "The concentration on integration's potential or its expected failure has leftus with little understanding of how residents of stably mixed neighborhoods manage to live with diversity," Evelyn Perry begins the introduction. She goes on to explain that this book was inspired by her own return to Milwakee, Wisconsin into a "racially and economically mixed Riverwest neighborhood" in 2007 (1). She attempts to explain how people can engage in "Difference Negotiations" (8), or generally to get along. This concept troubles me because in my experience, all Americans I've met across my travels and residences from coast to coast and in different economic neighborhoods are confrontational, insulting, rude, threatening, harassing, and generally set on making the lives of anybody who fails to integrate difficult. …

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