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Title Company towns in the Americas [electronic resource] : landscape, power, and working-class communities / edited by Oliver J. Dinius and Angela Vergara.

Imprint Athens : University of Georgia Press, ©2011.

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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 241 pages) : illustrations, maps.
Series Geographies of justice and social transformation ; 4
Geographies of justice and social transformation ; 4.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Company towns in the Americas : an introduction / Oliver J. Dinius and Angela Vergara -- Social engineering through spatial engineering : company towns and the geographical imagination / Andrew Herod -- From company towns to union towns : textile workers and the revolutionary state in Mexico / Aurora Gómez-Galvarriato -- The port and city of Santos : a century-long duality / Fernando Teixeira da Silva -- Whitened and enlightened : the Ford Motor Company and racial engineering in the Brazilian Amazon / Elizabeth Esch -- The making of a federal company town : Sunflower Village, Kansas / Christopher W. Post -- Glory days no more : Catholic paternalism and labor relations in Brazil's Steel City / Oliver J. Dinius -- Borders, gender, and labor : Canadian and U.S. mining towns during the Cold War era / Laurie Mercier -- El Salvador : a modern company town in the Chilean Andes / Eugenio Garcés Feliú and Angela Vergara -- Labor and community in postwar Argentina : the industry of agricultural machinery in Firmat, Santa Fe / Silvia Simonassi.
Summary Company towns were the spatial manifestation of a social ideology and an economic rationale. The contributors to this volume show how national politics, social protest, and local culture transformed those founding ideologies by examining the histories of company towns in six countries: Argentina (Firmat), Brazil (Volta Redonda, Santos, Fordlândia), Canada (Sudbury), Chile (El Salvador), Mexico (Santa Rosa, Río Blanco), and the United States (Anaconda, Kellogg, and Sunflower City).; Company towns across the Americas played similar economic and social roles. They advanced the frontiers of industrial capitalism and became powerful symbols of modernity. They expanded national economies by supporting extractive industries on thinly settled frontiers and, as a result, brought more land, natural resources, and people under the control of corporations. U.S. multinational companies exported ideas about work discipline, race, and gender to Latin America as they established company towns there to extend their economic reach. Employers indeed shaped social relations in these company towns through education, welfare, and leisure programs, but these essays also show how working-class communities reshaped these programs to serve their needs.; The editors' introduction and a theoretical essay by labor geographer Andrew Herod provide the context for the case studies and illuminate how the company town serves as a window into both the comparative and transnational histories of labor under industrial capitalism.
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Subject Company towns -- America -- History.
Industrialization -- America -- History.
Social engineering -- America -- History.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Added Author Dinius, Oliver J. (Oliver Jürgen)
Vergara, Angela, 1972-
Other Form: Print version: Company towns in the Americas. Athens, Ga. : University of Georgia Press, ©2011 9780820333298 (DLC) 2010020411 (OCoLC)631746832
ISBN 9780820337555 (electronic bk.)
0820337552 (electronic bk.)
9780820333298 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
0820333298 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
9780820336824 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
0820336823 (pbk. ; alk. paper)