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Punching out: One Year in a Closing Auto Plant

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An elegy—angry, funny, and powerfully detailed—about the slow death of a Detroit auto plant and an American way of life.

How does a country dismantle a century’s worth of its industrial heritage? To answer that question, Paul Clemens investigates the 2006 closing of one of America’s most potent symbols: a Detroit auto plant. Prior to its closing, the Budd Company stamping plant on Detroit’s East Side, built in 1919, was one of the oldest active auto plants in America’s foremost industrial city—one whose history includes the nation’s proudest moments and those of its working class. Its closing also reflects the character of the country in a new era—the sad, brutal process of picking it apart and sending it, piece by piece, to the countries that now have use for its machines.

Punching Out is an up-close report, at once tender and angry, from the meanest, sharpest edge of America’s deindustrialization, and a lament for a working-class culture that once defined a prosperous America—and that is now on the verge of economic extinction.

Synopsis:

An investigation into the 2006 closing of a once-proud Detroit auto plant assesses the larger implications of American de-industrialization and the resulting hardships facing the working class.

About the Author

PAUL CLEMENS was born in 1973 and raised on Detroit’s East Side. His work has appeared in the New York Times and the New York Times Magazine. His book Made in Detroit (Doubleday, 2005) was a 2005 New York Times Book Review Notable Book. He is the recipient of a 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship.

Table of Contents

"Taint never gonna come back, McGee" — Settle labor issues — They just closed the door — Assets formerly of Budd Company Detroit — Surplus industry service providers — Picking the carcass — You from Detroit?

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385532624
Subtitle:
One Year in a Closing Auto Plant
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Author:
Clemens, Paul
Subject:
Social Science : Sociology - General
Subject:
Social Science : Social Classes
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Social classes
Subject:
Americana-Midwest
Subject:
Business - General
Subject:
Business management
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20110118
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
271

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