Brain Magnet: Research Triangle Park and the Idea of the Idea Economy

Brain Magnet: Research Triangle Park and the Idea of the Idea Economy

by Alex Cummings


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Alex Sayf Cummings reveals the significance of North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park to the emergence of the high-tech economy in a postindustrial United States. Brain Magnet pinpoints how it sheds new light on the origins of today’s urban landscape, in which innovation is lauded as the engine of economic growth against a backdrop of inequality.

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ISBN-13: 9780231184908
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 04/28/2020
Series: Columbia Studies in the History of U.S. Capitalism
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Alex Sayf Cummings is associate professor of history at Georgia State University. She is the author of Democracy of Sound: Music Piracy and the Remaking of American Copyright in the Twentieth Century (2013).

Table of Contents

Preface: RTP Donuts
Introduction: From Textiles and Tobacco to the City of Ideas
1. Imagining the Triangle: The Unlikely Origins of the Creative City in the Cold War South
2. “Not a Second Ruhr”: Building a Postindustrial Economy in the 1960s
3. Welcome to Parkwood: Newcomers Find Their Way in the Emerging Triangle
Interlude: Sweet Gums, Traffic Jams, and Cilantro
4. “The Greatest Concentration of PhDs in the Country”: The Idea Economy Comes of Age in the Triangle
5. Cary, SAS, and the Search for the Good Life
Interlude: The Islamic School in Parkwood
6. “We Think a Lot”: The Triangle in the Age of Gentrification
Epilogue: The Figure of the Knowledge Worker

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