In her new book Racial and Ethnic Politics in American Suburbs, UCLA political science professor Lorrie Frasure-Yokley, MPP’01, seeks to update theories about the suburbs that she says are stuck in the 1980s. Contradicting decades-old stereotypes, the book reflects on the growing number of ethnic minorities and first-generation immigrants now populating the suburbs, and explores different strategies local governments use to fold these new residents into their communities. Employing a mixed methodology that includes statistical analysis and field research, she explains how limited funds and political expediencies often inspire an unusual spirit of collaboration between local governments and nonprofits. A critical update to the academic literature on the subject, the book also serves as a valuable guide for local officials seeking to make the suburbs a welcome home for newcomers.
– Josh Fox