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The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal About Identity, Race,… (vuoden 2020 painos)

– tekijä: Deirdre Mask (Tekijä)

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"An exuberant work of popular history: the story of how streets got their names and houses their numbers, and why something as seemingly mundane as an address can save lives or enforce power. When most people think about street addresses, if they think of them at all, it is in their capacity to ensure that the postman can deliver mail or a traveler won't get lost. But street addresses were not invented to help you find your way; they were created to find you. Addresses arose out of a grand Enlightenment project to name and number the streets, but they are also a way for people to be identified and tracked by those in power. As Deirdre Mask explains, the practice of numbering houses was popularized in eighteenth-century Vienna by Maria Theresa, leader of the Hapsburg Empire, to tax her subjects and draft them into her military. In many parts of the world, your address can reveal your race and class, causing them to be a shorthand for snobbery or discrimination. In this wide-ranging and remarkable book, Mask looks at the fate of streets named after Martin Luther King, Jr., the wayfinding means of ancient Romans, how Nazis haunt the streets of modern Germany, and why numbered streets dominate in America but not in Europe. The flipside of having an address is not having one, and we see what that means for millions of people today, including those who live in the slums of Kolkata, on the streets of London, or in post-earthquake Haiti. Filled with fascinating people and histories, The Address Book illuminates the complex and sometimes hidden stories behind street names and their power to name,to hide, to decide who counts, who doesn't-and why"--… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal About Identity, Race, Wealth, and Power
Kirjailijat:Deirdre Mask (Tekijä)
Info:St. Martin's Press (2020), Edition: Illustrated, 336 pages
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Compelling Yet Not Complete. Mask tells some excellent stories about various issues early in the development of various features and issues with an address, and does so in a way that is very easy to read. That noted, at times (such as during the discussion of how house numbers came to be) she outright admits that several things "seemingly happened at once" and that she went with the story she prefers herself - as opposed to what actually happened first, presumably. It was these little tidbits here and there that were just enough to warrant removing a star - still a compelling and interesting book, but not as factually accurate as it arguably could have been. Still good enough for a general overview of the subject, but I'm not sure I'd want to go up against a Postmaster General in address trivia based on just reading this book. Still, as noted, a very easy and very informative read and thus very much recommended. ( )
  BookAnonJeff | Jul 11, 2021 |
Deirdre Mask's Address Book is a look into what happens when the regular privilege of having an address no longer exists. Without an address, the community can't find you, help can't find you, and you don't register as having a place in the world. Address queries are on job applications, so finding a job becomes more daunting. Goods and services can't be transported to you. Luckily, though, there are agencies trying to solve this problem, and Mask talks about their missions, their histories, and their pitfalls towards getting addresses to matter and getting the public at large to understand the power of addresses. I enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it. ( )
  NielsenGW | Jun 1, 2021 |
What if you didn't have an address? Covered nicely from around the world and over time, up to the current day homeless person. Google Plus Codes are an answer with the open source: Open Location Code. A geocode system for identifying an area anywhere on the Earth. Interesting back in eighteenth century France, Guillante's filing cabinet, the original Big Data, was designed to keep detailed records about everyone based on where you lived and minute details about all aspects of your life and behavior. "It will become possible to know what becomes of each individual from his birth to his last breath." ( )
  deldevries | Apr 25, 2021 |
Fascinating, educational, entertaining ( )
  bogopea | Jan 10, 2021 |
I’ve had a heightened awareness of street addresses lately as a result of shipping errors to my address during the Christmas season. In one case, a package was misdelivered to my address, and in the other case, a package was correctly delivered to my address but directed to a person unknown to me. Both situations required a fair bit of effort to resolve. So, I was already thinking about addresses and problems associated with them.

Mask takes a wider view of street addresses, including the problems that arise from the lack of a street address. Mask structures the book in sections for development, origins, politics, race, and class and status. Most of the chapter names are cities or countries, and some are a bit misleading. For instance, the chapter titled “Iran: Why do street names follow revolutionaries?” talks mostly about Northern Ireland, using Tehran’s Bobby Sands street as a jumping off point.

The book is similar to the kinds of articles you’d find in Smithsonian Magazine. It raises awareness of the social problems surrounding street names and addresses, and it spotlights individuals and organizations that are working to solve these problems. While Mask stops short of advocating particular remedies, perhaps her readers will be inspired to awareness and action at the local level. ( )
  cbl_tn | Jan 3, 2021 |
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"An exuberant work of popular history: the story of how streets got their names and houses their numbers, and why something as seemingly mundane as an address can save lives or enforce power. When most people think about street addresses, if they think of them at all, it is in their capacity to ensure that the postman can deliver mail or a traveler won't get lost. But street addresses were not invented to help you find your way; they were created to find you. Addresses arose out of a grand Enlightenment project to name and number the streets, but they are also a way for people to be identified and tracked by those in power. As Deirdre Mask explains, the practice of numbering houses was popularized in eighteenth-century Vienna by Maria Theresa, leader of the Hapsburg Empire, to tax her subjects and draft them into her military. In many parts of the world, your address can reveal your race and class, causing them to be a shorthand for snobbery or discrimination. In this wide-ranging and remarkable book, Mask looks at the fate of streets named after Martin Luther King, Jr., the wayfinding means of ancient Romans, how Nazis haunt the streets of modern Germany, and why numbered streets dominate in America but not in Europe. The flipside of having an address is not having one, and we see what that means for millions of people today, including those who live in the slums of Kolkata, on the streets of London, or in post-earthquake Haiti. Filled with fascinating people and histories, The Address Book illuminates the complex and sometimes hidden stories behind street names and their power to name,to hide, to decide who counts, who doesn't-and why"--

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