Company Houses, Company Towns “seminal” : Review

Company Houses, Company TownsWe are getting caught up on some recent reviews. Acadiensis, Journal of the History of the Atlantic Region’s April 28 blog features a review of Company Houses, Company Towns: Heritage and Conservation, edited by Andrew Molloy and Tom Urbaniak (CBU Press 2016).

Company Houses, Company Towns is a “fascinating collection,” writes Andrew Parnaby. It “highlights the importance of viewing heritage and conservation as a form of social entrepreneurship.  When this type of community engagement is oriented by an appreciation of the aesthetic value of vernacular places, dedicated to breaking down barriers between issues and institutions, and buoyed by the hope that marginal places may live to see another day, the possibilities for political change multiply. In other words, in the view of the contributors to this volume, the direction of change for working-class communities in post-industrial settings need not always be down and out.”

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The April 2017 issue Midwest Book Review’s online book review magazine “Reviewer’s Bookwatch” also features a review of Company Houses, Company Towns, stating that the “seven seminal articles [are] very highly recommended for both community and academic library collections…. [I]t should be noted for the personal reading lists of students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject.”

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Posted by Mike Hunter on May 2, 2017