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The Anthropology of Postindustrialism
Ethnographies of Disconnection

ISBN 9781138943643
Published November 2, 2015 by Routledge
236 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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 Cast├ín 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

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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.