Since the 2008 financial crisis major industrial cities, former emblems of industrial progress have fallen on hard times. Urban regions of North America and Europe face shrinking populations and capital flight. Using the 50 year history of the rise and fall of Detroit as a case study, this important book argues that cities can and must protect themselves from cycles of expansion and contraction. Driven by neoliberal market policies that impose austerity measures and concentrate wealth, once vibrant industrial centres become hollow shells. By exploring the potential for large scale cooperative networks to promote urban regeneration and sustain local economies, and projecting the role these cooperatives can play in the revitalisation of Detroit, the book is a valuable resource for academics and postgraduate students in urban planning, sociology, economics and political science courses.
David Fasenfest (PhD Michigan), Associate Professor of Sociology at Wayne State University, is the editor of Critical Sociology and the book series Studies in Critical Social Science. His research focuses on regional and urban sustainability and development, appearing in Urban
Affairs Quarterly, the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research and other outlets.
The Urban Experience: in Service to Capital;
The Tyranny of Markets;
Growth is not Development;
Political versus Economic Democracy;