SCA2014: Anthropological Contributions to Re-imagining and Re-inventing Communities

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A vital urban community, providing work, sociality, and order to its members, must be imagined before it can be built:  Planners and designers have long understood this, and projected various idealized visions of cities.   More recently, anthropologists working in design, institution-building, organization studies, and urban planning have contributed to the re-imagination of work and cities and communities, projecting new integrations of work, family, recreation, and civic life.   Anthropology is uniquely qualified to make this contribution, drawing on its broad understanding and rich ethnographic record of human possibility and institutional variety.  The papers in this panel will describe how anthropologists, working in multiple post-industrial contexts yet centered around Detroit and similar locales, are interrogating and imagining the ends of post-industrial work.