This ten-chapter book was the first of its type in Australia, bringing a critical sociological perspective to the analysis of contemorary regional change. Synthesising results from over 15 years of research by the authors, the book sought to explain regional disadvantage. In then provided ideas for a platform for regional revitalisation, based upon the application of principles of 'sustainable regional development'. following publication of the book, over 30 interviews were given by the authors on national radio and television. Federal and State government ministers and departmental heads were briefed on the books findings.