• Benjamin_AM2013

    Watch ACLS Fellow Ruha Benjamin present her research at the 2013 annual meeting.

  • AM2013 Public Fellows

    ACLS Public Fellows with Nicole A. Stahlmann, former director of fellowships (third from right), and Program Officer John Paul Christy 

  • Bookcase_new

    Browse recent titles by ACLS fellows on Pinterest.

Suleiman Osman F'12

Suleiman Osman

Associate Professor
American Studies Department
George Washington University
last updated: 08/13/13

ACLS Fellowship Program 2012
Assistant Professor
Department: American Studies Department
George Washington University
The New Localism: Neighborhood Activism and Slow-Growth Politics in North America and Europe in the 1970s

This project examines what is here referred to as the “global neighborhood movement” of the 1970s in Europe and North America. Whether referred to as “slow growth coalition,” “neighborhood movement,” “neighborhood power,” or “community revolution,” a remarkable rise of local citizen activism took place in cities in both Europe and the United States in the 1970s. The catalysts in all countries were state development projects and urban renewal schemes that sought to build or expand highways, nuclear power plants, public housing, and airports. The neighborhood movement was linked as well to a new anti-statist politics that emphasized local identity, autonomy, ethnic power, cultural and linguistic heritage, volunteerism, decentralization, and increased citizen participation in governing institutions. Rather than a shift rightward, the project argues, the emerging and eclectic “new localism” mixed left-libertarian and populist conservative impulses.