Colonization and Community: The Vancouver Island Coalfield and the Making of the British Columbian Working Class - NONE (Hardback)John Douglas Belshaw (author)
Hardback 384 Pages / Published: 17/10/2002
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In Colonization and Community John Belshaw takes a new look at British Columbia's first working class, the men, women, and children beneath and beyond the pit-head. Beginning with an exploration of emigrant expectations and ambitions, he investigates working conditions, household wages, racism, industrial organization, gender, schooling, leisure, community building, and the fluid identity of the British mining colony, the archetypal west coast proletariat. By connecting the story of Vancouver Island to the larger story of Victorian industrialization, he delineates what was distinctive and what was common about the lot of the settler society. Belshaw breaks new ground, challenging the easy assumptions of transferred British political traditions, analyzing the colonial at the household level, and revealing the emergent communities of Vancouver Island as the cradle of British Columbian working-class culture.
Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 500 g
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