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Out of Stock

The Warehouse in the History of Capitalism

Dara Orenstein

Out of Stock

Dara Orenstein

352 pages | 93 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2019
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780226662909 Will Publish November 2019
Cloth $105.00 ISBN: 9780226662879 Will Publish November 2019
E-book $35.00 ISBN: 9780226663067 Will Publish November 2019
In Out of Stock, Dara Orenstein delivers a nuanced, ambitious, and engrossing account of that most generic and underappreciated site in the history of American commerce and industry: the warehouse, and all its many permutations. She traces the progression from the bonded warehouse of the nineteenth century to today’s foreign-trade zones, enclaves where goods are processed while simultaneously inside the United States and outside US customs territory. Foreign-trade zones channel jobs to American workers by converting American cities into international ports, and to understand them, Orenstein tells us, we should look at them in the simplest of terms: as warehouses. Going further, Orenstein contends that these zones—nearly 800 of which are scattered across the United States—are emblematic of how warehouses have begun to supplant factories on the terrain of logistics. In the age of Amazon and Walmart, circulation is so crucial to how and where goods are produced that it is increasingly inseparable from production, such that warehouses rank as some of the most pivotal spaces of global capitalism.

Drawing from cultural geography, cultural history, and political economy, and vividly documented with photos, ads, maps, and other ephemera, Out of Stock nimbly demonstrates the centrality of warehouses for corporations, workers, cities, and empires.
Introduction: “My Brain Hurt Like a Warehouse”

Chapter One: Flow, or Fixity in Motion: The Warehouse
Chapter Two: Security and Securitization: The Bonded Warehouse
Chapter Three: Imperium in Imperio: The Freihafen, the Zollverein, and the Empire of Logistics
Chapter Four: What We Talk about When We Talk about Manufacturing: The Foreign-Trade Zone
Chapter Five: “Plant Your Plant at a Home Away from Home, at Home”: The Subzone

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