A Socio-Spatial Rhetorical Analysis of The Ruins of Detroit
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The Ruins of Detroit is a bound collection of recent photographs by Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre of decaying architecture and infrastructure in Detroit, Michigan. This thesis finds that the experience of reading The Ruins of Detroit constitutes the reader as a post-Fordist colonist, and in turn constitutes Detroit as a post-Fordist frontier. Informed by Foucauldian historical understanding and Edward Soja's argument for the foregrounding of critical spatial studies, I first discuss the history of Detroit to demonstrate how spatial practices in Detroit have influenced the enabling or disabling ...