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Scrappers, a documentary in photographs with more than 50 stark and unsettling black and white images from Dayton, Ohio, offers answers. It’s about the rise of urban armies of the poor devoted to a new economic boom in scrap metal.
Scrap is among America’s top exports in an age of downward mobility, deep industrial decline, unchecked globalization and political drift. This book is a vision of what we are becoming as a nation and a glimpse of a grim future we still have a chance to avoid.