Niagara Falling

Niagara Falling : Globalization in a Small Town

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Niagara Falling reveals what happens to a small community when it is forced into the global economy. This case study of the effects of "globalization in reverse," when foreign-based companies operate in a community in the United States, takes the reader to Niagara, Wisconsin, where the primary employer is the local paper mill, currently owned by a new, foreign company. Miller examines whether and how local government, civic engagement, education, and the environment are affected by this reverse globalization. Has Niagara changed because its main employer is now a huge, multinational company based in Finland? Or are many of the changes it has experienced simply the result of the natural progression of a small town? Niagara Falling is an accessible work for sociology scholars and students alike.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 134 pages
  • 154.9 x 231.1 x 15.2mm | 294.83g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739121685
  • 9780739121689

About Carol D. Miller

Carol D. Miller is professor in the Department of Sociology and Archeology at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
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Miller brilliantly describes changes in a company town over time, linking them to globalization and transformation in the compact between the state and civil society. By using multiple methodologies and situating the researcher in the community, she effectively develops theoretical lessons regarding the changes associated with multinational ownership of key industries and methodological lessons for carrying out case studies. Niagara Falling presents a compelling story for students and the general public. -- Cornelia Butler Flora, Iowa State University
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Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introduction and Overview Chapter 2. End of the Social Compact Chapter 3. Fear and Loathing in a Paper Mill Town Chapter 4. Too Many Cops Chapter 5. Backing Away Chapter 6. Bowling Alley for Sale Chapter 7. Dead Bugs Chapter 8. Where Everybody Knows Your Name Chapter 9. Conclusion: Lessons from the Fall
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