The Second Wave

The Second Wave

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Though it had helped define the New South era, the first wave of regional industrialization had clearly lost momentum even before the Great Depression. These nine original case studies look at how World War II and its aftermath transformed the economy, culture, and politics of the South. From perspectives grounded in geography, law, history, sociology, and economics, several contributors look at southern industrial sectors old and new: aircraft and defense, cotton textiles, timber and pulp, carpeting, oil refining and petrochemicals, and automobiles. One essay challenges the perception that southern industrial growth was spurred by a disproportionate share of federal investment during and after the war. In covering the variety of technological, managerial, and spatial transitions brought about by the South's qsecond waveq of industrialization, the case studies also identify a set of themes crucial to understanding regional dynamics: investment and development; workforce training; planning, cost-containment, and environmental concerns; equal employment opportunities; rural-to-urban shifts and the decay of local economies entrepreneurism; and coordination of supply, service, and manufacturing processes. From boardroom to factory floor, the variety of perspectives in The Second Wave will significantly widen our understanding of the dramatic reshaping of the region in the decades after 1940.Whereas textile manufacturers could (and did) shut down their operations literally overnight, put the entire equipment on ... Equally troubling, Nissan did the unthinkable when it closed its Zama, Japan, assembly plant in 1995, becoming the first Japanese automaker ever to do so. ... A list of the top 150 (OEM) parts suppliers to North American auto assembly plants for 1997 shows that, the growth of autoanbsp;...

Title:The Second Wave
Author:Philip Scranton
Publisher:University of Georgia Press - 2001


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