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Unskilled workers once flocked to Detroit, attracted by manufacturing jobs paying union wages, but the passing of Detroit's manufacturing heyday has left many of those workers stranded. Manufacturing continues to employ high-skilled workers, and new work can be found in suburban service jobs, but the urban plants that used to employ legions of unskilled men are a thing of the past. The authors explain why white auto workers adjusted to these new conditions more easily than blacks. Taking advantage of better access to education and suburban home loans, white men migrated into skilled jobs on the city's outskirts, while blacks faced the twin barriers of higher skill demands and hostile suburban neighborhoods. Some blacks have prospered despite this racial divide: a black elite has emerged, and the shift in the city toward municipal and service jobs has allowed black women to approach parity of earnings with white women. But Detroit remains polarized racially, economically, and geographically to a degree seen in few other American cities.  

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. About the Authors
  2. p. ix
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xi
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  1. 1. Introduction: Three Centuries of Growth and Conflict
  2. pp. 1-13
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  1. 2. Detroit's History: Racial, Spatial, and Economic Changes
  2. pp. 14-52
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  1. 3. The Evolution of Detroit's Labor Market Since 1940
  2. pp. 53-106
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  1. 4. The Detroit Labor Market: The Employers' Perspective
  2. pp. 107-125
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  1. 5. The Detroit Labor Market: The Workers' Perspective
  2. pp. 126-143
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  1. 6. The Evolution of Racial Segregation
  2. pp. 144-177
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  1. 7. The Persistence of Residential Segregation
  2. pp. 178-216
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  1. 8. Blacks and Whites: Differing Views on the Present and Future
  2. pp. 217-246
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  1. 9. Revitalizing Detroit: A Vision for the Future
  2. pp. 247-265
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 267-278
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  1. References
  2. pp. 279-293
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 295-309
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781610441988
Related ISBN
9780871542434
MARC Record
OCLC
835509934
Pages
328
Launched on MUSE
2012-07-31
Language
English
Open Access
No
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