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Abandoned in the Heartland : Work, Family, and Living in East St. Louis / Jennifer Hamer.

Author/Creator:
Hamer, Jennifer, author., Author,
Publication:
Berkeley, CA : University of California Press, [2011]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (xv, 244 pages) : illustrations
Series:
George Gund Foundation imprint in African American studies.
The George Gund Foundation imprint in African American studies
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Subjects:
Working class -- East Saint Louis -- Illinois.
African Americans -- Illinois -- East Saint Louis.
East Saint Louis (Ill.) -- Social conditions -- 21st century.
East Saint Louis (Ill.) -- Economic conditions -- 21st century.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
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.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
illustrations
Acknowledgments
Prologue
CHAPTER ONE. In America's Heartland
CHAPTER TWO. East St. Louisans and Their Cars
CHAPTER THREE. Work and Meaning in a Jobless Suburb
CHAPTER FOUR. Hustling, Clean and Dirty
CHAPTER FIVE. "Around here, women never get done workin' "
CHAPTER SIX. "Gotta protect my own"
CHAPTER SEVEN. The Cost of Abandonment
Epilogue. Obama and East St. Louis
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Description based upon print version of record.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 24. Apr 2020)
ISBN:
1-283-27842-1
9786613278425
0-520-95017-8
OCLC:
747409494
Publisher Number:
10.1525/9780520950177 doi