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The Deindustrialized World

Confronting Ruination in Postindustrial Places

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

The Deindustrialized World

Confronting Ruination in Postindustrial Places

Since the 1970s, the closure of mines, mills, and factories has marked a rupture in working-class lives. The Deindustrialized World interrogates the process of industrial ruination, from the first impact of layoffs in metropolitan cities, suburban areas, and single-industry towns to the shock waves that rippled outward, affecting entire regions, countries, and beyond. Scholars from five nations share personal stories of ruin and ruination and ask others what it means to be working class in a postindustrial world. Together, they open a window on the lived experiences of people living at ground zero of deindustrialization, revealing its layered impacts and examining how workers, environmentalists, activists, and the state have responded to its challenges.


388 pages


Table of Contents

Introduction / Steven High, Lachlan MacKinnon, and Andrew Perchard

Part 1: Living in and with Ruination

1 Deindustrialization Embodied: Work, Health, and Disability in the UK since the Mid-Twentieth Century / Arthur McIvor

2 Beyond the Body Count? Injured Workers in the Aftermath of Deindustrialization / Robert Storey

3 Environmental Justice and Worker’s Health: Fighting for Compensation at the Sydney Coke Ovens, 1986-90 / Lachlan MacKinnon

4 Growing Up Even More Uncertain: Children and Youth Confront Industrial Ruin in Sydney, Nova Scotia, 1967 / Andrew Parnaby

5 Afterlives of a Factory: Memory, Place, and Space in Alençon / Jackie Clarke

6 Romance of the Rails: Deindustrialization, Nostalgia, and Community / Lucy Taksa

Part 2: Urban Politics

7 Keeping “the Industrial”: New Solidarities in Post-Industrial Places / Cathy Stanton

8 Regeneration and Class Identities: A Case Study in the Corbeil-Essonnes-Evry Region, France / Sylvie Contrepois

9 Goodbye, Steeltown: Planning Post-Steel Cities in the United States and Canada / Tracy Neumann

10 The Transformation of Industrial Suburbs since the First World War / Andrew Hurley

11 Selling “Lifestyle”: Post-Industrial Urbanism and the Marketing of Inner-City Apartments in Melbourne, Australia, 1990–2005 / Seamus O’Hanlon

Part 3: Political Economy

12 Deindustrialization on the Industrial Frontier: The Rise and Fall of Mill Colonialism in Northern Ontario / Steven High

13 A Little Local Difficulty? Deindustrialization and Glocalization in a Scottish Town / Andrew Perchard

14 The Moral Economy of Deindustrialization in Post-1945 Scotland / Jim Phillips

15 “Stealing Our Identity and Taking It over to

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