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The Anthropology of Postindustrialism

Ethnographies of Disconnection, 1st Edition

Edited by Ismael Vaccaro, Krista Harper, Seth Murray


222 pages | 10 B/W Illus.

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This volume explores how mechanisms of postindustrial capitalism affect places and people in peripheral regions and de-industrializing cities. While studies of globalization tend to emphasize localities newly connected to global systems, this collection, in contrast, analyzes the disconnection of communities away from the market, presenting a range of ethnographic case studies that scrutinize the framework of this transformative process, analyzing new social formations that are emerging in the voids left behind by the de-industrialization, and introducing a discussion on the potential impacts of the current economic and ecological crises on the hyper-mobile model that has characterized this recent phase of global capitalism and spatially uneven development.

Table of Contents

Foreword James Ferguson 1. The Anthropology of Postindustrialism: Ethnographies of Disconnection Ismael Vaccaro, Krista Harper and Seth Murray 2. Working in the "Life Market": Gold, Coffee, and Violence in the Papua New Guinea Highlands Jerry K. Jacka 3. When the Smoke Clears: Seeing Beyond Tobacco and Other Extractive Industries in Rural Appalachian Kentucky Ann Kingsolver 4. The Afterlife of Northern Development: Ghost Towns in the Russian Far North Elena Khlinovskaya Rockhill 5. Cycles of Industrial Change in Maine James M. Acheson and Ann W. Acheson 6. Dwelling in a Pollution Landscape Vanesa Castán Broto 7. The Trouble of Connection: E-Waste in China Between State Regulation, Development Regimes and Global Capitalism Anna Lora-Wainwright 8. A Legacy of Sugar and Slaves: Disconnection and Regionalism in Bahia, Brazil Allan Charles Dawson 9. Abandoned Environments: Producing New Systems of Value Through Urban Exploration Veronica Davidov 10. "There Goes the Neighborhood": Narrating the Decline of Place in East Berlin Nitzan Shoshan 11. Post-Industrial Pathways for a "Single Industry Resource Town": A Community Economies Approach Janet Newbury and Katherine Gibson

About the Editors

Ismael Vaccaro is Associate Professor at the Department of Anthropology and the McGill School of Environment at McGill University.

Krista Harper is Associate Professor of Anthropology and the Center for Public Policy and Administration at University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Seth Murray is Director of the Program in International Studies and Teaching Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at North Carolina State University.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Anthropology

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban