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Beautiful Wasteland: The Rise of Detroit as America's Postindustrial Frontier

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780816697571
Author(s): Rebecca J. Kinney
Format: Paperback
Year: 2016
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Dimensions: 140 x 216 x 25 (w x l x h)
Pages: 248

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According to popular media and scholarship, Detroit, the once-vibrant city that crumbled with the departure of the auto industry, is where dreams can be reborn. It is a place that, like America itself, is gritty and determined. It has faced the worst kind of adversity, and supposedly now it s back. But what does this narrative of new Detroit leave out? Beautiful Wasteland reveals that the contemporary story of Detroit s rebirth is an upcycled version of the American Dream, which has long imagined access to work, home, and upward mobility as race-neutral projects. They re not. As Rebecca J. Kinney shows, the narratives of Detroit s rise, decline, and potential to rise again are deeply steeped in material and ideological investments in whiteness.By remapping the narratives of contemporary Detroit through an extension of America s frontier mythology, Kinney analyzes a cross-section of twentieth and twenty-first century cultural locations an Internet forum, ruin photography, advertising, documentary film, and print and online media. She illuminates how the stories we tell about Detroit as a frontier of possibility enable the erasure of white privilege and systemic racism. By situating Detroit as a beautiful wasteland, both desirable and distressed, this shows how the narrative of ruin and possibility form a mutually constituted relationship: the city is possible precisely because
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