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Driving Detroit

The Quest for Respect in the Motor City


Συγγραφέας: Galster George
Εκδότης: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 9780812222951
Σειρά βιβλίου: Metropolitan Portraits
Αριθμός Σελίδων: 320
Διαστάσεις: 23x2x15
Έτος Έκδοσης: 2014

Σύνοψη του βιβλίου "Driving Detroit"

For most of the twentieth century, Detroit was a symbol of American industrial might, a place of entrepreneurial and technical ingenuity where the latest consumer inventions were made available to everyone through the genius of mass production. Today, Detroit is better known for its dwindling population, moribund automobile industry, and alarmingly high murder rate. In Driving Detroit, author George Galster, a fifth-generation Detroiter and internationally known urbanist, sets out to understand how the city has come to represent both the best and worst of what cities can be, all within the span of a half century. Galster invites the reader to travel with him along the streets and into the soul of this place to grasp fully what drives the Motor City. With a scholar's rigor and a local's perspective, Galster uncovers why metropolitan Detroit's cultural, commercial, and built landscape has been so radically transformed. He shows how geography, local government structure, and social forces created a housing development system that produced sprawl at the fringe and abandonment at the core. Galster argues that this system, in tandem with the region's automotive economic base, has chronically frustrated the population's quest for basic physical, social, and psychological resources. These frustrations, in turn, generated numerous adaptations-distrust, scapegoating, identity politics, segregation, unionization, and jurisdictional fragmentation-that collectively leave Detroit in an uncompetitive and unsustainable position. Partly a self-portrait, in which Detroiters paint their own stories through songs, poems, and oral histories, Driving Detroit offers an intimate, insightful, and perhaps controversial explanation for the stunning contrasts-poverty and plenty, decay and splendor, despair and resilience-that characterize the once mighty city.


Συγγραφέας/εις: Galster George
Κατηγορία: κοινωνιολογία
Σειρά βιβλίου: Metropolitan Portraits
ISBN: 9780812222951
Ημερ/νία έκδοσης: 17/01/2014
Εξώφυλλο: Paperback / softback
Σελίδες: 320
Τόπος έκδοσης: Pennsylvania
Χώρα έκδοσης: United States
Βάρος βιβλίου: 449 gr
Διαστάσεις βιβλίου: 23x2x15 cm
Λεπτομέρειες εικονογράφησης: 26 illus.

Περιεχόμενα

Preface Prologue. Two Daughters of Detroit 1. Riding on the Freeway: A Riff on the Place Called Motown 2. Sculpting Detroit: Polity and Economy Trump Geology 3. From Fort to Ford to . . . ? 4. From Old World to Old South and Old Testament 5. Who Will Feast on the Fruits of Labor? 6. Turf Wars 7. Wrestling for Pieces of the Proletarian Pie 8. Feasting on Fear 9. The Dynamics of Decay, Abandonment, and Bankruptcy 10. What Drives Detroiters? 11. From Motown to Mortropolis Epilogue. Two Daughters of Detroit Revisited Selected References Index Ac knowledgments

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