In the Wake of the Giant: Multinational Restructuring and Uneven Development in a New England Community / Edition 1 by Max H. Kirsch, Max Kirsch | | 9780791438282 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
In the Wake of the Giant: Multinational Restructuring and Uneven Development in a New England Community / Edition 1

In the Wake of the Giant: Multinational Restructuring and Uneven Development in a New England Community / Edition 1

by Max H. Kirsch, Max Kirsch
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791438287

ISBN-13: 9780791438282

Pub. Date: 08/28/1998

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Contrasting "native" and "outsider" points of view, this book explores the contemporary realities of work, development and redevelopment in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, a New England community undergoing rapid industrial restructuring.

Based on anthropological fieldwork in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, In the Wake of the Giant has implications for towns and cities

Overview

Contrasting "native" and "outsider" points of view, this book explores the contemporary realities of work, development and redevelopment in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, a New England community undergoing rapid industrial restructuring.

Based on anthropological fieldwork in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, In the Wake of the Giant has implications for towns and cities across the country and internationally. It traces the history of the Pittsfield region, the U.S. economy, and the tidal wave of multinational corporate restructurings. Comparing communities undergoing restructuring to newly independent states, Kirsch shows how these communities confront for the first time the challenge of directing their own present and future. The turmoil that develops as a result of these changes, and the means by which individuals, kin-groups and community voluntary organizations react and adapt are central themes of the book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791438282
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
08/28/1998
Series:
SUNY series in the Anthropology of Work Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
146
Product dimensions:
5.91(w) x 8.97(h) x 0.45(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part I Problems and Issues

1. The Chosen Community

The Community and its Setting

2. Community and Context

The Growth of the American City

3. Restructuring, Megaindustrialization, and the Expansion of the Service Sector

Megaindustrialization and Merger Movements

Constructing Consensus in Late Capitalism

Part II A New England Community in Crisis

4. The Region and Industry in History

Early Industrialization and New England Social Structure

Relations of Work and Unemployment

The Region after World War II

Trade Union Erosion

Notes on the Service Sector

5. The Pittsfield Community

Early Industry in Pittsfield

General Electric and the Growth of a Company Town

Industrial Decline and the Issue of Development

Community Effects of Economic Restructuring

Voluntary Associations, Community Organization, and Corporate Morality

The Corporation and the Community

6. Development Strategies

Defining Development

Development Agencies

Development Perspectives

The Production of Chaos

Development and Ideologies of Economic Growth

Native versus Nonnative Views of Development

Uneven Development and Relations of Dependency

The General Electric Donation

Bypasses and Parking Lots

Mall Wars

Ideology and Community Crisis

7. Uneven Development and Community Response

Platics Firms and Uneven Development

Kinship, Friendship, and the Entrepreneurial Spirit

Firm Ownership and Relations of Work

General Electric Plastics

Development Efforts and the Plastics Industry

Corporate and Community Ideology in the Development of Industry

8. Economic Development and Social Responsibility: A Case Study

The Health Crisis in Pittsfield

The Cost Accounting Approach

Community Response and Corporate Responsibility

The Social Construction of Science

The Structure of Health Administration in Pittsfield

Epilogue

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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