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Author Hamer, Jennifer

Title Abandoned in the heartland : work, family, and living in East St. Louis / Jennifer F. Hamer

Publ Info Berkeley, Calif. : University of California Press, [2011]
 RWU Main Library  HN80.E27 H37 2011    AVAILABLE
 Wheaton Stacks  HN80.E27 H37 2011    AVAILABLE
Descript xv, 244 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Note "The George Gund Foundation imprint in African American studies."
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents In America's heartland -- East St. Louisans and their cars -- Work and meaning in a jobless suburb -- Hustling, clean and dirty -- "Around here, women never get done workin" -- "Gotta protect my own" -- The cost of abandonment
Note "Urban poverty, along with all of its poignant manifestations, is moving from city centers to working-class and industrial suburbs in contemporary America. Nowhere is this more evident than in East St. Louis, Illinois. Once a thriving manufacturing and transportation center, East St. Louis is now known for its unemployment, crime, and collapsing infrastructure. Abandoned in the Heartland takes us into the lives of East St. Louis's predominantly African American residents to find out what has happened since industry abandoned the city, and jobs, quality schools, and city services disappeared, leaving people isolated and imperiled. Jennifer Hamer introduces men who search for meaning and opportunity in dead-end jobs, women who often take on caretaking responsibilities until well into old age, and parents who have the impossible task of protecting their children in this dangerous, and literally toxic, environment. Illustrated with historical and contemporary photographs showing how the city has changed over time, this book, full of stories of courage and fortitude, offers a vision of the transformed circumstances of life in one American suburb."--Publisher's website
LC subject East Saint Louis (Ill.) -- Social conditions -- 21st century
East Saint Louis (Ill.) -- Economic conditions -- 21st century
Working class -- Illinois -- East Saint Louis
African Americans -- Illinois -- East Saint Louis
ISBN 9780520269316 (cloth : alk. paper)
0520269314 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780520269323 (pbk. : alk. paper)
0520269322 (pbk. : alk. paper)