Christine J. Walley. Exit Zero: Family and Class in Postindustrial Chicago. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013

Kamil Luczaj


The highway exit ramp for Southeast Chicago is numbered “zero.” This fact inspired Christine J. Walley to title her analysis of southeastern neighborhoods this way. Obviously, we can suspect that “zero” has a figurative meaning as well, because the book not only depicts working-class neighborhoods in Chicago but also discusses salient issues related to deindustrialization and its consequences. Zero denotes the emptiness that one could observe in the 2000s in the former steel mill region of Southeast Chicago.


Deindustrialization; Life Experiences; American Industry; Working Class; Social Strata

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