A Town Abandoned: Flint, Michigan, Confronts Deindustrialization

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SUNY Press, 01/01/1996 - 259 páginas
Hometown to both General Motors and the United Auto Workers, and the setting for the documentary film Roger and Me, Flint, Michigan, is a striking example of a declining city in America's Rust Belt. A Town Abandoned examines Flint's response to its own social and economic decline and at the same time pursues a broad analysis of class and culture in America's late capitalist society. It tells the story of how Flint's local institutions and citizens interpret and rationalize their city's massive auto-industry job loss and consequent decline, and it relates these interpretations to statewide, national, and international forces that led to the deindustrialization. Using a critical-theory approach, Dandaneau reveals the futility of Flint's efforts to confront essentially global problems and moreover depicts the disturbing conceptual and cultural distortions that result from its sustained powerlessness. Dandaneau shows that all policy solutions to Flint's problems were in essence public relations solutions, and he gives a moving portrayal of the consequences for local communities of the internationalization of American business.
 

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Página xx - Controversial as it may be, the essential problem with the US economy can be traced to the way capital — in the forms of financial resources and of real plant and equipment — has been diverted from productive investment in our basic national industries into unproductive speculation, mergers and acquisitions, and foreign investment.
Página xxvi - Andre Gunder Frank, Capitalism and Underdevelopment in Latin America (New York : Monthly Review Press, 1967) ; and Latin America : Underdevelopment or Re volution (New York : Monthly Review Press, 1969).
Página xi - Fieldwork studies are often, particularly in sociology, strategically situated to shed light on larger social, political, symbolic, or economic issues.
Página 3 - What's the use of kidding ourselves? All that piece of paper means is that we got a union. The rest depends on us. For God's sake let's go back to work and keep up what we started here!

Acerca do autor (1996)

Steven P. Dandaneau is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Dayton.

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