Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke


266 Pages

ISBN 978-1-349-43859-4

Company towns

labor, space, and power relations across time and continents

Edited by

Marcelo J. Borges, Susana B. Torres

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.

Publication details

DOI: 10.1057/9781137024671

Full citation:

Borges, M. J. , Torres, S. B. (eds) (2012). Company towns: labor, space, and power relations across time and continents, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.

Table of Contents

Company towns

Borges Marcelo J.; Torres Susana B.


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Form and reform

Ryan van Zee Marynel


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"Little storybook town"

Ball Jeremy


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When ghosts hovered

Rollwagen Katharine


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Race and gender in peripheral resource towns

Lahiri-Dutt Kuntala


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