Fabricating a steel city: an ethnography of the Illawarra steel industry

Jesse Negro*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Certain core dimensions of urban de-industrialisation/re-industrialisation processes have been neglected in the discipline of anthropology. This article seeks to redress that under-examination by considering in an anthropological way the consequences for workers, urban activism and built environments of industrial policies directed towards the shrinkage of the steel industry in the Illawarra region. This article investigates how industrial policies have influenced the Illawarra's past, present and future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)74-90
Number of pages17
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - May 2019


  • industrialism
  • policy
  • ethnography
  • urban
  • steelworks

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