In the Wake of the Giant: Multinational Restructuring and Uneven Development in a New England Community

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SUNY Press, Jan 1, 1998 - Business & Economics - 146 pages
Based on anthropological fieldwork in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, In the Wake of the Giant has implications for towns and cities across the country and internationally. It traces the history of the Pittsfield region, the U.S. economy, and the tidal wave of multinational corporate restructurings. Comparing communities undergoing restructuring to newly independent states, Kirsch shows how these communities confront for the first time the challenge of directing their own present and future. The turmoil that develops as a result of these changes, and the means by which individuals, kin-groups and community voluntary organizations react and adapt are central themes of the book.
 

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Contents

The Chosen Community
3
Restructuring Megaindustrialization and
11
The Region and Industry in History
23
The Pittsfield Community
35
1 Population Trends MISER
40
Development Strategies
51
Uneven Development and Community Response
77
A Case Study
95
Epilogue
111
Notes
119
Bibliography
127
Index
143
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Max H. Kirsch teaches anthropology at Oberlin College. He is past Associate Dean of the Graduate Faculty of Social and Political Science at the New School for Social Research in New York.

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