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Minetown, Milltown, Railtown: Life in Canadian Communities of Single Industry

Document type Book
Author Lucas, Rex A.
Publisher Oxford University Press; Oxford ; New York
Date 2008
ISBN 978-0-19-542887-2
Pages 431

Abstract

The company town, source of so much of Canada's wealth, was - and is - a place with nowhere to hide. First published in 1971, Rex Lucas's Minetown, Milltown, Railtown is a groundbreaking study of what it's like to live in such communities. Today, with the oil-sands boom and rising commodity prices affecting everything from the value of the Canadian dollar to the balance of power within Confederation, single-industry towns remain as central as ever to the country's economic and social life. Minetown is a compelling portrait not just of Canada's past, but of its present and future, too. Minetown, Milltown, Railtown: Life in Canadian Communities of Single Industry is a Wynford Book - one of a series of titles representing significant milestones in Canadian literature, thought, and scholarship. New introductions place each book in a modern context and show its continuing relevance. --Publisher's description