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Unfinished Business: Michael Jackson, Detroit, and the Figural Economy of American Deindustrialization

Judith Hamera


Unfinished Business argues that Michael Jackson and Detroit, both as material entities with specific histories and as representations with uncanny persistence, have something valuable to teach us about three decades of structural economic transition in the United States, and particularly about the changing nature of work and capitalism between the mid-1980s and 2016. They teach us about the racialization and aesthetics of these changes, how they operate as structures of feeling and representations as well as shifts in the dominant mode of production, and about how industrialization’s successor ... More

Keywords: deindustrialization, race, Michael Jackson, Detroit, performance, financialization, figural economy, performance studies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780199348589
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199348589.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Judith Hamera, author
Professor of Dance, Princeton University