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Author Hamer, Jennifer
Title Abandoned in the Heartland : Work, Family, and Living in East St. Louis
Imprint Berkerley : University of California Press, 2011
©2011
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Edition 1st ed
Descript 1 online resource (162 pages)
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Note Cover -- Halftitle -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- List of Illustrations -- Acknowledgments -- Prologue -- 1. In America's Heartland -- 2. East St. Louisans and Their Cars -- 3. Work and Meaning in a Jobless Suburb -- 4. Hustling, Clean and Dirty -- 5. "Around here, women never get done workin' " -- 6. "Gotta protect my own" -- 7. The Cost of Abandonment -- Epilogue: Obama and East St. Louis -- Notes -- Selected Bibliography -- Index
Urban poverty, along with all of its poignant manifestations, is moving from city centers to working-class and industrial suburbs in contemporary America. Nowhere is this more evident than in East St. Louis, Illinois. Once a thriving manufacturing and transportation center, East St. Louis is now known for its unemployment, crime, and collapsing infrastructure. Abandoned in the Heartland takes us into the lives of East St. Louis's predominantly African American residents to find out what has happened since industry abandoned the city, and jobs, quality schools, and city services disappeared, leaving people isolated and imperiled. Jennifer Hamer introduces men who search for meaning and opportunity in dead-end jobs, women who often take on caretaking responsibilities until well into old age, and parents who have the impossible task of protecting their children in this dangerous, and literally toxic, environment. Illustrated with historical and contemporary photographs showing how the city has changed over time, this book, full of stories of courage and fortitude, offers a powerful vision of the transformed circumstances of life in one American suburb
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Hamer, Jennifer Abandoned in the Heartland : Work, Family, and Living in East St. Louis Berkerley : University of California Press,c2011 9780520269316
Subject Working class - Illinois - East Saint Louis
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