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The book on Detroit (USA) in the 1970s

The book on Detroit (USA) in the 1970s

The book “Ljeto u Detroitu: studija jedne gradske četvrti iz perspektive ekonomske antropologije” (Summer in Detroit: research of an urban neighborhood from the perspective of economic anthropology) (Zagreb 2020) is written by the Croatian ethnologist and cultural anthropologist Olga Supek. The research was carried out in summer 1975 during Supek’s postgraduate study in the USA, as part of the reserach project on irregular economy and unempoloyment. However, the manuscript has not been published until 2020! The book illustrates and problematizes the society of industrial capitalism, deindustrialization, the collapse of mass industrial production of late industrialism, as well as the first effects of the economic crisis and deprivation in the city’s automobile industry. The beginnings of the city’s economic decline were evident already in the 1970s, at a time when the research was taking place. Detroit developed rapidly in the 19th and in the first half of the 20th century, only to begin to stagnate and decay after the Great Oil Crisis in the early 1970s. It was the leading industrial city in the United States, but it depended entirely on the automobile industry. This “industrial monoculture” led to the city’s downfall. This study reflects a strong research sensitivity to different cultural and social contexts, different research traditions, experiences, and strongholds, which the author interrogates and brings into a comparative problematic relationship. It encourages today’s research of urban spatial and social transformations and perceptions of urban developments and futures.

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Project is funded by Slovenian Research Agency

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Project is funded by Croatian Science Foundation

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ZRC SAZU, Institute of Slovenian Ethnology

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Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research

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Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology

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Faculty of Humanities University of Primorska

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Institute of Contemporary History

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