Company Towns: Corporate Order and Community

By Neil White

© 2012

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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  • Page Count: 256 pages
  • Illustrations: 26
  • Dimensions: 6.4in x 0.8in x 9.4in
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Neil White challenges the common interpretation of company towns as powerless, dependant communities by exploring how these settlements were altered at the local level through human agency, missteps, and chance.

Company Towns: Corporate Order and Community

By Neil White

© 2012

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.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 256 pages
  • Illustrations: 26
  • Dimensions: 6.4in x 0.8in x 9.4in
  • Reviews

    ‘Company Towns is a well-written and researched study of an important aspect of Canadian history that deserves a wide audience.’
    Duff Sutherland
    Canadian Historical Review vol 94:4:2013
  • Author Information

    Neil White is a Resolution Manager with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development.

  • 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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