Industrial Ruination, Community and Place: Landscapes and Legacies of Urban Decline

By Alice Mah

© 2012

Abandoned factories, shipyards, warehouses, and refineries are features of many industrialized cities around the world. But despite their state of decline, these derelict sites remain vitally connected with the urban landscapes that surround them. In this enlightening new book, Alice Mah explores the experiences of urban decline and post-industrial change in three different community contexts: Niagara Falls, Canada/USA; Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK; and Ivanovo, Russia.

Employing a unique methodological approach that combines ethnographic, spatial, and documentary methods, Mah draws on international comparisons of the landscapes and legacies of industrial ruination over the past forty years. Through this, she foregrounds the complex challenges of living with prolonged uncertainty and deprivation amidst socioeconomic change. This rich comparative study makes an essential contribution to far-reaching debates about the decline of manufacturing, regeneration, and identity, and will have important implications for urban theory and policy.

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This rich comparative study makes an essential contribution to far-reaching debates about the decline of manufacturing, regeneration, and identity, and will have important implications for urban theory and policy.

Industrial Ruination, Community and Place: Landscapes and Legacies of Urban Decline

By Alice Mah

© 2012

Abandoned factories, shipyards, warehouses, and refineries are features of many industrialized cities around the world. But despite their state of decline, these derelict sites remain vitally connected with the urban landscapes that surround them. In this enlightening new book, Alice Mah explores the experiences of urban decline and post-industrial change in three different community contexts: Niagara Falls, Canada/USA; Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK; and Ivanovo, Russia.

Employing a unique methodological approach that combines ethnographic, spatial, and documentary methods, Mah draws on international comparisons of the landscapes and legacies of industrial ruination over the past forty years. Through this, she foregrounds the complex challenges of living with prolonged uncertainty and deprivation amidst socioeconomic change. This rich comparative study makes an essential contribution to far-reaching debates about the decline of manufacturing, regeneration, and identity, and will have important implications for urban theory and policy.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 240 pages
  • Illustrations: 22
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.6in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    ‘For researchers interested in industrial and urban sociology. Highly recommended.’
    P.J. Venturelli
    Choice Magazine - vol 50:09:2013
  • Author Information

    Alice Mah is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick.

  • Table of contents

    List of Illustrations

    List of Tables

    Acknowledgements

    Chapter 1 Introduction

    PART ONE: Case Studies

    Chapter 2 “When the smell goes, the jobs go”: Ambivalent nostalgia and traumatic memory in Niagara Falls

    Chapter 3 Protracted decline and imminent regeneration: Memory and uncertainty in Walker, Newcastle upon Tyne

    Chapter 4 “We ruined everything around us, but we couldn’t change ourselves”: Enduring Soviet and textile identities in Ivanovo

    PART TWO: Themes of Industrial Ruination

    Chapter 5 Reading landscapes of ruination, deprivation and decline

    Chapter 6 Devastation but also home

    Chapter 7 Imagining change, reinventing place

    Chapter 8 Conclusion

    Notes

    References

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