Introduction: The Metropolitan Production System

in Chicago Made

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780226477015
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226477046 | DOI:
Introduction: The Metropolitan Production System

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A case study of Chicago demonstrates the complex interconnecting of local manufacturers and the making of the metropolitan landscape. While the sociopolitical dynamics connecting the farmer, rural merchant, urban factory worker, corporate manager, and consumer were vital to urban and rural economic relations, it is equally important to reassert the metropolitan scale. The flows of capital, materials, goods, ideas, information, and people between Chicago and its region were driven, controlled, and coordinated for the most part from the city. This book sets out the story in two sections. The first provides an overview of Chicago's industrial geography between 1860 and 1940 and demonstrates how factory districts functioned as part of the city-building process in this period. The second section shows how the networks that manufacturers forged with each other, and with other agents, shaped metropolitan Chicago's industrial landscape. This introductory chapter describes metropolitan factory districts, metropolitan manufacturing linkages, and metropolitan manufacturing linkages.

Keywords: Chicago; local manufacturers; metropolitan landscape; metropolitan manufacturing

Chapter.  6089 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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