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Small Cities, Big Issues

Reconceiving Community in a Neoliberal Era

by Christopher Walmsley, Terry Kading

Small Cities, Big Issues

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Book Description

Small Canadian cities confront serious social issues as a result of the neoliberal economic restructuring practiced by both federal and provincial governments since the 1980s. Drastic spending reductions and ongoing restraint in social assistance, income supports, and the provision of affordable housing, combined with the offloading of social responsibilities onto municipalities, has contributed to the generalization of social issues once chiefly associated with Canada's largest urban centres. As the investigations in this volume illustrate, while some communities responded to these issues with inclusionary and progressive actions others were more exclusionary and reactive - revealing forms of discrimination, exclusion, and "othering" in the implementation of practices and policies. Importantly, however their investigations reveal a broad range of responses to the social issues they face. No matter the process and results of the proposed solutions, what the contributors uncovered were distinctive attributes of the small city as it struggles to confront increasingly complex social issues.

If local governments accept a social agenda as part of its responsibilities, the contributors to Small Cities, Big Issues believe that small cities can succeed in reconceiving community based on the ideals of acceptance, accommodation, and inclusion.

This open book is licensed under a Creative Commons License (CC BY-NC-ND). You can download Small Cities, Big Issues ebook for free in PDF format (15.3 MB).

Table of Contents

Part I
Displacement, Isolation, and the Other
Chapter 1
Homelessness in Small Cities: The Abdication of Federal Responsibility
Chapter 2
Zoned Out: Regulating Street Sex Work in Kamloops, British Columbia
Chapter 3
Needles in Nanaimo: Exclusionary Versus Inclusionary Approaches to Illicit Drug Users
Chapter 4
Being Queer in the Small City
Chapter 5
"Thrown Out into the Community": The Closure of Tranquille
Chapter 6
Fitting In: Women Parolees in the Small City
Chapter 7
Walking in Two Worlds: Aboriginal Peoples in the Small City
Part II
Building Community
Chapter 8
Social Planning and the Dynamics of Small-City Government
Chapter 9
The Inadequacies of Multiculturalism: Reflections on Immigrant Settlement, Identity Negotiation, and Community in a Small City
Chapter 10
Municipal Approaches to Poverty Reduction in British Columbia: A Comparison of New Westminster and Abbotsford
Chapter 11
Integrated Action and Community Empowerment: Building Relationships of Solidarity in Magog, Qu├ębec
Chapter 12
Small City, Large Town? Reflections on Neoliberalism in the United Kingdom

Book Details

Small Cities, Big Issues
AU Press
ISBN13 Digital
ISBN10 Digital
PDF Size
15.3 MB

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