The Deindustrialized World

Confronting Ruination in Postindustrial Places

Edited by Steven High, Lachlan Mackinnon, and Andrew Perchard

  • Published: 2017. Paperback April 2018
  • Subject Listing: History; Politics
  • Bibliographic information: 388 pp., 23 illus., 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: US rights only
  • Distributed for: UBC Press
  • Contents

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.
Steven High is professor of history at Concordia University. Lachlan MacKinnon holds a PhD in history from Concordia University. Andrew Perchard is a senior research fellow at the Centre for Business in Society at Coventry University. Contributors: Andy Clark, Jackie Clarke, Sylvie Contrepois, Andrew Hurley, Arthur McIvor, Tracy Neumann, Seamus O'Hanlon, Andrew Parnaby, Jim Phillips, Cathy Stanton, Robert Storey, and Lucy Taksa

"This is an important book. It enriches debates about deindustrialization by taking them in a number of new directions and by probing how the term is understood. Taken together, the chapters offer insightful comparative analyses on issues such as race, gender, gentrification, and the stigmatization of the white working class."
-Sean O'Connell, professor, School of History and Anthropology, Queen's University
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 Alencon / 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 Ireland": Deindustrialization, Resistance, and Gender in Scotland / Andy Clark

Afterword: Debating Deindustrialization / Steven High, Lachlan MacKinnon, and Andrew Perchard