America’s New Landscape of Class and Conflict
By Phil A. Neel
Over the last forty years, the landscape of the United States has been fundamentally transformed. It is partially visible in the ascendance of glittering, coastal hubs for finance, infotech and the so-called ‘creative class’. But this is only the tip of an economic iceberg, the bulk of which lies in the darkness of the declining heartland or on the dimly lit fringe of sprawling cities. This is America’s Hinterland, populated by towering grain-threshing machines and hunched farmworkers, where laborers drawn from every corner of the world crowd into factories and “fulfilment centers.” Driven by an ever-expanding crisis, America’s class structure is recomposing itself in new geographies of race, poverty, and production.
Drawing on his direct experience of recent popular unrest, Phil A. Neel provides a close-up view of this landscape in all its grim but captivating detail, and tells the intimate story of a life lived within America’s hinterland.
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