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Author Belshaw, John Douglas.

Title Colonization and community : the Vancouver Island coalfield and the making of the British Columbian working class / John Douglas Belshaw
Published Montréal ; Ithaca : McGill-Queen's University Press, [2002]
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 320 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series McGill-Queen's studies in ethnic history. Series two ; 15
McGill-Queen's studies in ethnic history. Series two ; 15
Summary "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."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-308) and index
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Subject British -- British Columbia -- Vancouver Island -- History.
Coal miners -- British Columbia -- Vancouver Island -- History.
Coal mines and mining -- Social aspects -- British Columbia -- Vancouver Island -- History.
Ethnology -- British Columbia -- Vancouver Island.
Working class -- British Columbia -- Vancouver Island -- History.
Vancouver Island (B.C.) -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0773570403 (electronic bk.)
9780773570405 (electronic bk.)