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Exit ZeroFamily and Class in Postindustrial Chicago$
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Christine J. Walley

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226871790

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226871813.001.0001

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The Ties That Bind

The Ties That Bind

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(p.117) Chapter Four The Ties That Bind
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Exit Zero
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Christine J. Walley

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226871813.003.0005

This chapter shifts the focus from stories about people to stories about place. It considers the environmental fallout of both industrialization and deindustrialization in Southeast Chicago and how its toxic legacy has become part of residents' bodies even as it also constrains possibilities for the region's postindustrial future. Although the assumption that a new economy must inevitably rise from the ashes of the old has proven to be a mirage in many formerly industrial regions like Southeast Chicago, community activists continue to work toward their own alternative vision of the Calumet's future. Such efforts are loaded, nevertheless, with contradictions and remain an uphill struggle.

Keywords:   industrialization, deindustrialization, Southeast Chicago, Calumet, new economy

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