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ISBN-10: 1478008342
ISBN-13: 9781478008347
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publish Date: 04/17/2020
Dimensions: 9.00" L, 6.00" W, 0.80" H

A People’s History of Detroit

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Recent bouts of gentrification and investment in Detroit have led some to call it the greatest turnaround story in American history. Meanwhile, activists point to the city’s cuts to public services, water shutoffs, mass foreclosures, and violent police raids. In A People’s History of Detroit, Mark Jay and Philip Conklin use a class framework to tell a sweeping story of Detroit from 1913 to the present, embedding Motown’s history in a global economic context. Attending to the struggle between corporate elites and radical working-class organizations, Jay and Conklin outline the complex sociopolitical dynamics underlying major events in Detroit’s past, from the rise of Fordism and the formation of labor unions, to deindustrialization and the city’s recent bankruptcy. They demonstrate that Detroit’s history is not a tale of two cities–one of wealth and development and another racked by poverty and racial violence; rather it is the story of a single Detroit that operates according to capitalism’s mandates.

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"A People's History of Detroit finally allows us to look beyond the mythology of the Motor City, the ruin porn, and the boosterism, and to grasp the dialectic of redevelopment and dispossession, accumulation and abandonment, that has defined its history for a century. Mark Jay and Philip Conklin's book is a model of militant research, recovering the city's traditions of resistance and revealing the staggering human cost behind the hype about the 'New Detroit.'"–Alberto Toscano, Reader in Critical Theory, Goldsmiths, University of London
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ISBN-10: 1478008342
ISBN-13: 9781478008347
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publish Date: 04/17/2020
Dimensions: 9.00" L, 6.00" W, 0.80" H
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