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After the Factory: Reinventing America's Industrial Small Cities (Comparative Urban Studies) Kindle Edition

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Length: 254 pages

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This compendium of essays looking at the impact of the new US economy upon the country's small to medium industrial cities asks whether or not such urban centers can make a successful transition to the global economy of the 21st century. Contributors examine smaller 20th-century industrial towns like Gary, Indiana, and Steubenville, Ohio, and the relationships to their larger, better-known regional powerhouses like Chicago and Pittsburgh. The essays trace the origins of the industries in the smaller cities as well as the problems confronting these cities in an era of deindustrialization in the late-20th-century US. The authors do a good job enumerating the challenges posed by change and describe the intellectual, cultural, and economic resources, or lack thereof, possessed by each individual city in meeting those challenges. An underlying theme is the complexity of the problems facing the cities involved. The book proffers a new way of tackling those problems through a more regional approach that moves away from the earlier urban model of a "Darwinian" competition among cities. A useful contribution to urban historiography. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.

About the Author

James J. Connolly is professor of history and director of the Center for Middletown Studies at Ball State University.

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  • File Size: 1775 KB
  • Print Length: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Lexington Books (October 14, 2010)
  • Publication Date: October 14, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ELA5MY
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Catherine Tumber is a historian, journalist, and senior research associate at Northeastern University's School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. She holds a doctorate in U.S. social and cultural history from the University of Rochester. She has taught U.S. history at the University of Rochester, Syracuse University, and St. Lawrence University, and has worked as an editor for the Boston Phoenix and the Boston Review. Her essays and reviews have appeared in both publications as well as in Book Forum, the Nation, the Washington Post, Architectural Record, the Wilson Quarterly, In These Times, Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, Commonweal, and American Literary History, among others.

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