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Abandoned in the Heartland: Work, Family, and Living in East St. Louis (Hardback)

Jennifer Hamer

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ISBN 10: 0520269314 / ISBN 13: 9780520269316
Edité par University of California Press, United States, 2011
Neuf(s) Etat : New Couverture rigide
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Language: English . Brand New Book. Urban poverty, along with all of its poignant manifestations, is moving from city centers to working-class and industrial suburbs in contemporary America. Nowhere is this more evident than in East St. Louis, Illinois. Once a thriving manufacturing and transportation center, East St. Louis is now known for its unemployment, crime, and collapsing infrastructure. Abandoned in the Heartland takes us into the lives of East St. Louis predominantly African American residents to find out what has happened since industry abandoned the city, and jobs, quality schools, and city services disappeared, leaving people isolated and imperiled. Jennifer Hamer introduces men who search for meaning and opportunity in dead-end jobs, women who often take on caretaking responsibilities until well into old age, and parents who have the impossible task of protecting their children in this dangerous, and literally toxic, environment. Illustrated with historical and contemporary photographs showing how the city has changed over time, this book, full of stories of courage and fortitude, offers a powerful vision of the transformed circumstances of life in one American suburb. N° de réf. du libraire AAH9780520269316

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Titre : Abandoned in the Heartland: Work, Family, ...

Éditeur : University of California Press, United States

Date d'édition : 2011

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre :New

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Urban poverty, along with all of its poignant manifestations, is moving from city centers to working-class and industrial suburbs in contemporary America. Nowhere is this more evident than in East St. Louis, Illinois. Once a thriving manufacturing and transportation center, East St. Louis is now known for its unemployment, crime, and collapsing infrastructure. Abandoned in the Heartland takes us into the lives of East St. Louis’s predominantly African American residents to find out what has happened since industry abandoned the city, and jobs, quality schools, and city services disappeared, leaving people isolated and imperiled. Jennifer Hamer introduces men who search for meaning and opportunity in dead-end jobs, women who often take on caretaking responsibilities until well into old age, and parents who have the impossible task of protecting their children in this dangerous, and literally toxic, environment. Illustrated with historical and contemporary photographs showing how the city has changed over time, this book, full of stories of courage and fortitude, offers a powerful vision of the transformed circumstances of life in one American suburb.

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"Politicians today giddily cut taxes and public services without considering the consequences. Read this sensitive portrait of East St. Louis to understand the social costs of government abandonment. Families can and do survive amidst the crumbling infrastructure. But without decent jobs, medical care, and housing, their daily lives are filled with danger and desperation. Hamer makes an urgent case for reinvesting in the American Dream.” Christine L. Williams, Professor and Chair of Sociology, University of Texas at Austin

Abandoned in the Heartland presents a unique portrait relative to the common vision of urban poverty in America. In doing so, it allows for broader and healthier thinking about what it means to be poor in a community of people who share that status." --Alford Young, Jr., Professor of Sociology and African American Studies, University of Michigan, and author of The Minds of Marginalized Black Men

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