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.
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