Building Community in an Instant Town: A Social Geography of Mackenzie and Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia

By Greg Halseth and Lana Sullivan

Published by UNBC Press in 2002

 A Social Geography of Mackenzie and Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia

Description

Mackenzie and Tumbler Ridge are recent examples in a long tradition of single-industry instant towns in Canada’s resource hinterland. Built to house the workforce that accompanies a resource boom, these towns become home to workers and their families. How do residents create a community in this instant town setting? This book explores the social geography of community building through four elements: Northern Resource Towns examines the foundations of resource town planning; Industrial Society examines the central place work plays in local social organization; Civil Society examines the role of local governance and the services they provide; and Civil Society examines the role of the voluntary sector in creating community identity.

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