Deploying Heritage to Solve Today’s Dilemmas: The Swedes of Rockford Illinois

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Owing in part to its "blue-collar" past, economic disinvestment, and aging industrial infrastructure, Rockford Illinois, has earned the title "America’s Third Most Miserable City." However, within this context, there are a number of promising enterprises, grounded in Rockford’s resilient tangible and intangible Swedish heritage, that are being consciously and unconsciously deployed to reshape social, political, and economic realities in the city. Building on Yúdice’s framework of "culture-as-a resource," this chapter explores these contemporary uses of heritage to address Rockford’s current economic dilemmas and discusses ways that this heritage is managed with respect to ethnic and racial boundaries that remain a part of the city’s landscape.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncounters with Popular Pasts
Subtitle of host publicationCultural Heritage and Popular Culture
EditorsMike Robinson, Helaine Silverman
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9783319131832
ISBN (Print)9783319131825
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015


  • Community development
  • Cultural icons
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Immigrant heritage
  • Industrial heritage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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