"If a neighborhood is destroyed in the name of urban renewal, does its community cease to exist? In this deft ethnography, Andrea Smith and Anna Eisenstein explore the interplay of social memory, place, segregation, and language in Easton, a small city in eastern Pennsylvania."—Alex K. Ruuska, American Ethnologist
“A model of an involved anthropology, and of deep and subtle analysis of memory, place, race, and class, with implications that extend far beyond the boundaries of the vanished blocks of ‘Syrian Town.’”—Jane H. Hill, author of The Everyday Language of White Racism
“Rebuilding Shattered Worlds speaks to anyone interested in the operations of memory and nostalgia. And it makes a major contribution to the understanding of everyday historical consciousness by detecting forms of time travel that have not, thus far, been on the radar of historians and anthropologists.”—Charles Stewart, author of Dreaming and Historical Consciousness in Island Greece ?
“Smith and Eisenstein vividly capture the loss and reconnection experienced by the residents of ‘Syrian Town.’ This book will serve as an instructive text for ethnographers interested in collective memory and urban change.”—Sarah Mayorga-Gallo, author of Behind the White Picket Fence: Power and Privilege in a Multiethnic Neighborhood
“[Rebuilding Shattered Worlds] is not only innovative in its method to the study of memory and urban politics of a changing American neighborhood, but also in its ethnographic approach. . . . [It is] situated in a broad spectrum of theoretical and methodological views that span cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, urban studies, history, and migration studies.”—Aomar Boum, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles and author of Memories of Absence: How Muslims Remember Jews in Morocco