"Land of Opportunity" : Neoliberal Development and Resitance in Response to Crisis in Detroit
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This ethnographic paper examines the manifestations of neoliberalism in Detroit as the city responds to crisis. Grounded within the historical context of decades of divestment, and examined through a primarily critical human geography theorization, this research explores uneven development as one of the ways in which neoliberal restructuring processes are being articulated currently within the context of Detroit. Furthermore, this study considers the role of the news media in the elaboration and propagation of a narrative of inevitability that supports the status quo of neoliberal development. Challenging the supposedly progressive nature of redevelopment and the binary logic of "revitalization or ruin", this study presents accounts of the displacement and marginalization of longtime Detroit residents as well as ways in which they are resisting and creating alternatives to the hegemonic neoliberal development paradigm.Made available to the public at the request of the author 12/12/16.