Jennifer Hamer's Abandoned in the Heartland. Work, Family, and Living in East PDF

By Jennifer Hamer

ISBN-10: 0520950178

ISBN-13: 9780520950177

Urban poverty, besides all of its poignant manifestations, is relocating from urban facilities to working-class and commercial suburbs in modern the United States. Nowhere is that this extra obtrusive than in East St. Louis, Illinois. as soon as a thriving production and transportation middle, East St. Louis is referred to now for its unemployment, crime, and collapsing infrastructure. Abandoned within the Heartland takes us into the lives of East St. Louis's predominantly African American citizens to determine what has occurred given that deserted the town, and jobs, caliber colleges, and town companies disappeared, leaving humans remoted and imperiled. Jennifer Hamer introduces males who look for which means and chance in dead-end jobs, ladies who usually tackle caretaking duties until eventually good into previous age, and fogeys who've the most unlikely activity of defending their childrens during this risky, and actually poisonous, setting. Illustrated with historic and modern photographs...

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But the sense, at least initially, that I was just “another researcher” also inspired this project by putting me in touch with the hunger for a more affirming perspective. I traversed the broken and sometimes nameless streets of East St. Louis; I walked down the hallways of its magnet school during school hours and was overwhelmed from the stench of ever-backed-up sewers. As I did so, I pondered the links between these structural conditions and the everyday lives of residents who praised their city.

Many African Americans, among others, found employment in East St. Louis in the early twentieth century, circa 1940 3. East St. Louis families wait in line for government surplus food, 1958 4. Public housing was a move “up” for many African American families, 1962 5. The first tenants in a newly completed East St. Louis housing project are welcomed by Mayor Alvin Fields and Goldie F. Orr, East St. Louis housing commissioner, 1961 6. Mayor Carl E. Officer meets with Senator Adlai E. Stevenson III, of Illinois, to discuss redevelopment plans for East St.

Louis be a precursor? For this book, I have used a case-study framework and qualitative research methods to undertake a holistic investigation of the cultural aspects of family and work life while also examining the role of larger processes in shaping these circumstances. This allowed me to observe the impact of state policies and the economic and social trends that shaped East St. Louis over a particular period. Specifically, it provided a bounded system of study or a “case” to observe. In social science terms, I approached the project as an “instrumental” rather than as an “intrinsic” case.

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