Back to the postindustrial future : an ethnography of Germany's fastest-shrinking city
Part of the EASA Series series
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.