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BEAUTIFUL WASTELAND book launch event at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with Rebecca J. Kinney

When Dec 09, 2016
from 04:15 PM to 06:30 PM
Where University of Michigan, 915 E Washington St., Rackham West Conference Room, 4th Floor, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
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Kinney_Beautiful coverRebecca J. Kinney will be at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor on Friday, December 9 at 4:15 p.m. for the launch of her new book, Beautiful Wasteland: The Rise of Detroit as America's Postindustrial Frontier. She will introduce her book, then a panel of respondents will discuss the book and the new questions it raises for research. Books will be available for purchase.

Rebecca J. Kinney reveals that the contemporary story of Detroit’s rebirth is an upcycled version of the American Dream, which has long imagined access to work, home, and upward mobility as race-neutral projects. She tackles key questions about the future of postindustrial America, and shows how the narratives of Detroit’s history are deeply steeped in material and ideological investments in whiteness.


"Rebecca J. Kinney's sophisticated and compelling study demonstrates the centrality of race-making to contemporary narratives of urban decline and revitalization." —David M. P. Freund, University of Maryland

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