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Beautiful Wasteland: The Rise of Detroit As America's Postindustrial Frontier

Rebecca J. Kinney


Beautiful Wasteland critically examines the racial logics embedded in the contemporary stories of Detroit that flow through popular culture, from Internet forums, photography, films, advertising, to news medias, in order to map the extension of the mythology of the frontier in American culture. Through analysing the cross-sections of these cultural locations, the book reveals the continued process of racialization in stories told about the rise, fall, and potential rise again of the city of Detroit. Detroit is indeed a ‘beautiful wasteland’, desirable and distressed in its narrative of ruin. T ... More

Keywords: Detroit, American frontier, Race, Narratives, Representation, Popular culture, Twenty-first century city, Neoliberal city, Humanities

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780816697564
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816697564.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rebecca J. Kinney, author
Bowling Green State University