Small Town
Publisher McGill-Queen's University Press

Small Town

Provides a close look, almost anthropological, at the eastern Ontario community of Alexandria, located half-way between Montreal and Ottawa. It looks in particular at the play of social class, language, and gender differences in the political arena, the workplace, and schooling. As with so many other small communities, this one is dependent on urban-centred economic growth, and yet sees itself as categorically distinct from the city in its mutually-caring social relations. I ask how different social, economic, and political relationships are from those in larger and more impersonal settings.


  1. The Lie of the Land
  2. Industrial Development and Economic Dependence
  3. The World of Wage Labour
  4. Language and Schooling
  5. Community Politics
  6. Fragmentation and Community