Company Towns: Corporate Order and Community [NOOK Book]

Overview

Company towns are often portrayed as powerless communities, fundamentally dependent on the outside influence of global capital. Neil White challenges this interpretation by exploring how these communities were altered at the local level through human agency, missteps, and chance. Far from being homogeneous, these company towns are shown to be unique communities with equally unique histories.

Company Towns provides a multi-layered, ...
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Company Towns: Corporate Order and Community

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Overview

Company towns are often portrayed as powerless communities, fundamentally dependent on the outside influence of global capital. Neil White challenges this interpretation by exploring how these communities were altered at the local level through human agency, missteps, and chance. Far from being homogeneous, these company towns are shown to be unique communities with equally unique histories.

Company Towns provides a multi-layered, international comparison between the development of two settlements—the mining community of Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia, and the mill town of Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Canada. White pinpoints crucial differences between the towns' experiences by contrasting each region's histories from various perspectives—business, urban, labour, civic, and socio-cultural. Company Towns also makes use of a sizable collection of previously neglected oral history sources and town records, providing an illuminating portrait of divergence that defies efforts to impose structure on the company town phenomenon.
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Editorial Reviews

Duff Sutherland
‘Company Towns is a well-written and researched study of an important aspect of Canadian history that deserves a wide audience.’
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‘Company Towns is a well-written and researched study of an important aspect of Canadian history that deserves a wide audience.’
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442695771
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 5/7/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • File size: 5 MB

Table of Contents

Acronyms and Abbreviated Titles

Images

Acknowledgments


Introduction


  1. The Old Order Changeth: Industrial Development at Corner Brook
  2. Worth Dominating? Industrial Development at Mount Isa
  3. Praying For A Conflagration: Planned and Fringe Towns
  4. Collaborators, Communists and Casanovas? Labour at Corner Brook and Mount Isa
  5. If I Had To Get A Factory Job I'd Be Fired: Civic Life And Resident-Company Negotiation
  6. Personal Relationships and Private Worlds? Structures of Feeling in Company Towns
  7. Conclusion


Bibliography

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