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A Town Abandoned: Flint, Michigan, Confronts Deindustrialization

Dandaneau, Steven P. 1996. A Town Abandoned: Flint, Michigan, Confronts Deindustrialization. SUNY Series in Popular Culture and Political Change. Albany: State University of New York Press.

In this highly theoretical text that utilizes Adorno, Horkheimer, Marcuse, Harvey, Jameson, and other critical, postmodern, and cultural theorists, Dandaneau examines the demise of Flint’s deindustrialization and its effect on its workers and communities. Through six case studies based on documentary sources and interviews, the book explores different responses to deindustrialization suggesting along the way that capitalism is responsible for Flint’s misery. The rethinking of Michael Moore’s Roger & Me stands out as a particularly strong critique of capitalism. Despite the sophistication of each chapter, reviews have noted a number of shortcomings – little theory unites the text, no discussion explores how changes at General Motors affected the actions of the UAW, and Flint’s poverty remains relatively unexplained. The reader looking for a solution or even what’s next will not find additional answers in this book.

 

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