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Beyond the Ruins
The Meanings of Deindustrialization
Jefferson Cowie (Editor); Joseph Heathcott (Editor); Barry Bluestone (Foreword)


Paper, 2003 ISBN: 978-0-8014-8871-9
$ 26.95   £20.50

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. Contributors: Barry Bluestone, Northeastern University Jefferson Cowie, Cornell University Kent Curtis Lisa M. Fine, Michigan State University Tami J. Friedman, Center on Wisconsin Strategy Howard Gillette Jr., Rutgers University Joy L. Hart, University of Louisville Joseph Heathcott, Saint Louis University Tracy E. K?Meyer, University of Louisville Sherry Lee Linkon, Youngstown State University Steve May, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Laura Morrison, College of the Albemarle Rich Newman, Rochester Institute of Technology S. Paul O?Hara, Indiana Historical Society John Russo, Youngstown State University Kirk Savage, University of Pittsburgh Robert O. Self, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Bryant Simon, University of Georgia Gregory S. Wilson, University of Akron

About the Author
Jefferson Cowie is Assistant Professor at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. He is author of Capital Moves: RCA?s Seventy-Year Quest for Cheap Labor, also from Cornell. Joseph Heathcott is Assistant Professor of American Studies at Saint Louis University. Barry Bluestone is Russell B. and Andr?e B. Stearns Trustee Professor of Political Economy and Director of the Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University.

Subject Areas
History / U.S. & Canada
Sociology
American Studies
Industrial and Labor Relations