Company Towns

Company Towns

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Company towns first appeared in Europe and North America with the industrial revolution and followed the expansion of capital to frontier societies, colonies, and new nations. Their common feature was the degree of company control and supervision, reaching beyond the workplace into workers' private and social lives. Major sites of urban experimentation, paternalism, and welfare practices, company towns were also contested terrain of negotiations and confrontations between capital and labor. Looking at historical and contemporary examples from Europe, the Americas, Africa, and Asia, this book explores company towns' global reach and adaptability to diverse geographical, political, and cultural contexts.Labor, Space, and Power Relations Across Time and Continents Marcelo J. Borges Susana B. Torres ... Changes in mining methods, eliminating much of the labor-intensive manual work, reduced the number of men needed to mine ... In the hope of allaying residentsa#39; fears, Island Creek sent letters assuring the workers of their continued employment in the mine. ... Island Creek also assured residents of their intent to maintain the company store, hospital, and office facilities in the town.

Title:Company Towns
Author: Marcelo J. Borges
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan - 2012-08-16

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