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Colonization and Community The Vancouver Island Coalfield and the Making of the British Columbian Working Class by John Douglas Belshaw
  

Colonization and Community The Vancouver Island Coalfield and the Making of the British Columbian Working Class

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Colonization and Community The Vancouver Island Coalfield and the Making of the British Columbian Working Class by John Douglas Belshaw

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.

Reviews

A substantive piece of original research, undertaken in a systematic fashion. Colonization and Community makes a distinctive contribution to migration studies as well as to the thin literature on ethnic identity and class formation, which he examines using a great deal of innovative quantitative and qualitative methodology. Delphin Muise, Department of History, Carleton University


About the Author

John Douglas Belshaw is on faculty at Thompson Rivers University - Open Learning, a consultant to the post-secondary sector, and the author of several books on BC history.

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Publication date

2nd April 2004

Author

John Douglas Belshaw

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Publisher

McGill-Queen's University Press

Format

Paperback
384 pages

Categories

Colonialism & imperialism
National liberation & independence, post-colonialism
History of the Americas
Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900
Social & cultural history

ISBN

9780773524033

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