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The Resource Boom, bust, exodus : the Rust Belt, the maquilas, and a tale of two cities, Chad Broughton, (electronic resource)

Boom, bust, exodus : the Rust Belt, the maquilas, and a tale of two cities, Chad Broughton, (electronic resource)

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Boom, bust, exodus : the Rust Belt, the maquilas, and a tale of two cities
Title
Boom, bust, exodus
Title remainder
the Rust Belt, the maquilas, and a tale of two cities
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Chad Broughton
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eng
Summary
  • "In 2002, the town of Galesburg, a slowly declining Rustbelt city of 34,000 in western Illinois, learned that it would soon lose its largest factory, a Maytag refrigerator plant that had anchored Galesburg's social and economic life for half a century. Workers at the plant earned $15.14 an hour, had good insurance, and were assured a solid retirement. In 2004, the plant was relocated to Reynosa, Mexico, where workers spent 13-hour days assembling refrigerators for $1.10 an hour. In Boom, Bust, Exodus, Broughton offers a look at the transition to a globalized economy, from the perspective of those who have felt its effects most. In today's highly commoditized world, we are increasingly divorced from the origins of the goods we consume; the human labor required to create our smart phones and hybrid cars is so far removed from the end product we need not even think about it. And yet, Broughton shows, the human cost behind the shifting currents of the global economy remains a reality. Broughton illuminates these complexities through a tale of two cities that have fared very differently in the global contest to woo or retain fickle capital. In Galesburg, the economy is a shadow of what it once was. Reynosa, in contrast, has become one of the exploding 'second-tier cities' of the developing world, thanks to the influx of foreign-owned, export-oriented maquiladoras. And yet even these distinctions cannot be finely drawn: families struggle to get by in Reynosa, and the city is beset by violence and a ruthless drug war. Those left behind in declining of Galesburg, meanwhile, do not see themselves as helpless victims: many have gone back to school, scramble from job to job, and have learned to adapt and even thrive. It is a downsized existence, but a full-sized life nonetheless"--
  • "In 2002, the town of Galesburg, a slowly declining Rustbelt city of 34,000 in western Illinois, learned that it would soon lose its largest factory, a Maytag refrigerator plant that had anchored Galesburg's social and economic life for half a century. Workers at the plant earned $15.14 an hour, had good insurance, and were assured a solid retirement. In 2004, the plant was relocated to Reynosa, Mexico, where workers spent 13-hour days assembling refrigerators for $1.10 an hour. In Boom, Bust, Exodus, Broughton offers a look at the transition to a globalized economy, from the perspective of those who have felt its effects most. In today's highly commoditized world, we are increasingly divorced from the origins of the goods we consume; the human labor required to create our smart phones and hybrid cars is so far removed from the end product we need not even think about it. And yet, Broughton shows, the human cost behind the shifting currents of the global economy remains a reality. Broughton illuminates these complexities through a tale of two cities that have fared very differently in the global contest to woo or retain fickle capital. In Galesburg, the economy is a shadow of what it once was. Reynosa, in contrast, has become one of the exploding 'second-tier cities' of the developing world, thanks to the influx of foreign-owned, export-oriented maquiladoras. And yet even these distinctions cannot be finely drawn: families struggle to get by in Reynosa, and the city is beset by violence and a ruthless drug war. Those left behind in declining of Galesburg, meanwhile, do not see themselves as helpless victims: many have gone back to school, scramble from job to job, and have learned to adapt and even thrive. It is a downsized existence, but a full-sized life nonetheless"--
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Broughton, Chad
Dewey number
330.9773/49
LC call number
HC108.G26
LC item number
B76 2015
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  • Maytag Corporation
  • Working class
  • Working class
  • Offshore assembly industry
  • Globalization
  • Globalization
  • Galesburg (Ill.)
  • Reynosa (Tamaulipas, Mexico)
  • Galesburg (Ill.)
  • Reynosa (Tamaulipas, Mexico)
  • HISTORY / United States / General
  • HISTORY / United States / 20th Century
  • HISTORY / United States / State & Local / Midwest (IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, SD, WI)
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Boom, bust, exodus : the Rust Belt, the maquilas, and a tale of two cities, Chad Broughton, (electronic resource)
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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OCM1bookssj0001367554
Dimensions
25 cm
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unknown
Extent
399 pages
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Isbn
9780199765614
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2014008029
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illustrations
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remote
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(WaSeSS)ssj0001367554
Label
Boom, bust, exodus : the Rust Belt, the maquilas, and a tale of two cities, Chad Broughton, (electronic resource)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Control code
OCM1bookssj0001367554
Dimensions
25 cm
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
399 pages
Governing access note
License restrictions may limit access
Isbn
9780199765614
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2014008029
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)ssj0001367554

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