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category: Political Science
published: July 2017
publisher: UBC Press

The Deindustrialized World

Confronting Ruination in Postindustrial Places

edited by Steven High; Andrew Perchard & Lachlan MacKinnon

tagged: economic conditions, labor & industrial relations

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.

About the Authors

Steven High

Andrew Perchard

Lachlan MacKinnon

Contributor Notes

Steven High is a professor of history at Concordia University and the author of a number of books on deindustrialization, including Industrial Sunset and Corporate Wasteland. Lachlan MacKinnon holds a PhD in history from Concordia University and specializes in workers’ experiences of deindustrialization in Atlantic Canada. 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

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