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Back to the postindustrial future : an ethnography of Germany's fastest-shrinking city

By: Ringel, Felix

Part of the EASA Series series
178920805X / 9781789208054
Paperback
307.2094318
30/05/2020
Published 30/05/2020
23 cm 238 pages
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Reprint. Originally published: 2018.

How does an urban community come to terms with the loss of its future?

The former socialist model city of Hoyerswerda is an extreme case of a declining postindustrial city.

Built to serve the GDR coal industry, it lost over half its population to outmigration after German reunification and the coal industry crisis, leading to the large-scale deconstruction of its cityscape.

This book tells the story of its inhabitants, now forced to reconsider their futures.

Building on recent theoretical work, it advances a new anthropological approach to time, allowing us to investigate the postindustrial era and the futures it has supposedly lost.

BIC:

1DFG Germany, JFSG Urban communities, JHM Anthropology

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