Abandoned factories, shipyards, warehouses, and refineries are features of many industrialized cities around the world. But despite their state of decline, these derelict sites remain vitally connected with the urban landscapes that surround them. In this enlightening new book, Alice Mah explores the experiences of urban decline and post-industrial change in three different community contexts: Niagara Falls, Canada/USA; Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK; and Ivanovo, Russia. Employing a unique methodological approach that combines ethnographic, spatial, and documentary methods, Mah draws on international comparisons of the landscapes and legacies of industrial ruination over the past forty years. Through this, she foregrounds the complex challenges of living with prolonged uncertainty and deprivation amidst socioeconomic change. This rich comparative study makes an essential contribution to far-reaching debates about the decline of manufacturing, regeneration, and identity, and will have important implications for urban theory and policy.
List of Illustrations List of Tables Acknowledgements Chapter 1 Introduction PART ONE: Case Studies Chapter 2 "When the smell goes, the jobs go": Ambivalent nostalgia and traumatic memory in Niagara Falls Chapter 3 Protracted decline and imminent regeneration: Memory and uncertainty in Walker, Newcastle upon Tyne Chapter 4 "We ruined everything around us, but we couldn't change ourselves": Enduring Soviet and textile identities in Ivanovo PART TWO: Themes of Industrial Ruination Chapter 5 Reading landscapes of ruination, deprivation and decline Chapter 6 Devastation but also home Chapter 7 Imagining change, reinventing place Chapter 8 Conclusion Notes References