Beyond the Ruins: The Meanings of Deindustrialization / Edition 1

Beyond the Ruins: The Meanings of Deindustrialization / Edition 1

by Jefferson Cowie
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0801488710

ISBN-13: 9780801488719

Pub. Date: 09/15/2003

Publisher: Cornell University Press

The immediate impact of deindustrialization—the suffering inflicted upon workers, their families, and their communities—has been widely reported by scholars and journalists. In this important volume, the authors seek to move discussion of America's industrial decline beyond the immediate ramifications of plant shutdowns by placing it into a broader social,

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The immediate impact of deindustrialization—the suffering inflicted upon workers, their families, and their communities—has been widely reported by scholars and journalists. In this important volume, the authors seek to move discussion of America's industrial decline beyond the immediate ramifications of plant shutdowns by placing it into a broader social, political, and economic context. Emphasizing a historical approach, the authors explore the multiple meanings of one of the major transformations of the twentieth century.The concept of deindustrialization entered the popular and scholarly lexicon in 1982 with the publication of The Deindustrialization of America, by Barry Bluestone and Bennett Harrison. Beyond the Ruins both builds upon and departs from the insights presented in that benchmark study. In this volume, the authors rethink the chronology, memory, geography, culture, and politics of industrial change in America.Taken together, these original essays argue that deindustrialization is not a story of a single emblematic place, such as Flint or Youngstown, or a specific time period, such as the 1980s. Nor is it limited to the abandoned factory buildings associated with heavy industry. Rather, deindustrialization is a complex process that is uneven in its causes, timing, and consequences. The essays in this volume examine this process through a wide range of topics, from worker narratives and media imagery, to suburban politics, environmental activism, and commemoration.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801488719
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
09/15/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Barry Bluestone
Acknowledgments
Introduction The Meanings of Deindustrialization
Jefferson Cowie and Joseph Heathcott
Part I RUST
Chapter 1 "A Trail of Ghost Towns across Our Land ":The
Decline of Manufacturing in Yonkers, New York
Tami J. Friedman
Chapter 2 The "Fall " of Reo in Lansing,,Michigan, 1955 -1975
Lisa M. Fine
Chapter 3 Segregated Fantasies: Race, Public Space,
and the Life and Death of the Movie Business
in Atlantic City, New Jersey,1945 -2000
Bryant Simon
Part II ENVIRONMENT
Chapter 4 Greening Anaconda: EPA, ARCO, and the Politics
of Space in Postindustrial Montana
Kent Curtis
Chapter 5 From Love 's Canal to Love Canal: Reckoning with
the Environmental Legacy of an Industrial Dream
Richard Newman
Part III PLANS
Chapter 6 The Wages of Disinvestment: How Money and
Politics Aided the Decline of Camden, New Jersey
Howard Gillette Jr.
Chapter 7 California 's Industrial Garden: Oakland and the
East Bay in the Age of Deindustrialization
Robert O. Self
Chapter 8 Deindustrialization, Poverty, and Federal Area
Redevelopment in the United States,1945 -1965
Gregory S.Wilson
Part IV LEGACY
Chapter 9 Collateral Damage: Deindustrialization and the Uses of Youngstown
John Russo and Sherry Lee Linkon
Chapter 10 Envisioning the Steel City: The Legend and Legacy of Gary,Indiana
S. Paul O'Hara
Chapter 11 Monuments of a Lost Cause: The Postindustrial
Campaign to Commemorate Steel
Kirk Savage
Part V MEMORY
Chapter 12 Making Sense of Restructuring: Narratives
of Accommodation among Downsized Workers
Steve May and Laura Morrison
Chapter 13 Worker Memory and Narrative: Personal Stories
of Deindustrialization in Louisville, Kentucky
Joy L. Hart and Tracy E. K'Meyer
Notes
Contributors
Index

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