Exit Zero: Family and Class in Postindustrial Chicago

Exit Zero: Family and Class in Postindustrial Chicago

Christine J. Walley

Winner of CLR James ebook Prize from the operating classification reports organization and second position for the Victor Turner Prize in Ethnographic Writing. 

In 1980, Christine J. Walley’s international was once became the other way up while the metal mill in Southeast Chicago the place her father labored unexpectedly closed. within the resulting years, 90 thousand different region citizens might additionally lose their jobs within the mills—just one instance of the big scale of deindustrialization taking place around the usa. The disruption of this occasion propelled Walley right into a profession as a cultural anthropologist, and now, in Exit Zero, she brings her anthropological standpoint domestic, studying the destiny of her family members and that of blue-collar the United States at large.

Interweaving own narratives and family members photographs with a nuanced overview of the social affects of deindustrialization, Exit Zero is one half memoir and one half ethnography— delivering a much-needed girl and familial viewpoint on cultures of work and their decline. via bright debts of her family’s struggles and her personal upward mobility, Walley unearths the social landscapes of America’s business fallout, navigating advanced tensions between classification, exertions, economic climate, and surroundings. unhappy with the concept that her family’s turmoil used to be inevitable within the ever-forward growth of the USA, she offers a clean and critical counternarrative that offers a brand new voice to the numerous american citizens whose misery because of deindustrialization has too frequently been ignored.

This booklet is a part of a venture that still contains a documentary movie and interactive web site. for additional info, and the opportunity to proportion your individual tales, pictures, and artefacts concerning the historical past of Southeast Chicago, please visit: http://www.exitzeroproject.org/

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