Living on the Edge|
The Great Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland
Lawrence F. Felt and Peter R. Sinclair, Editors
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Living on the edge implies insecurity. On the surface, the people of the Great Northern Peninsula
must be marginal Canadians for they live in an isolated area where incomes are low and
unemployment high. So why do people stay? How do they cope with life on the margins of an
advanced industrial society?
The editors and the contributing anthropologists and sociologists try to answer these
questions by looking at key attitudes and aspects of the social structure. In addition to
analysis of the area's economic base in the fishery, this book deals with the informal economy,
the division of labour in households, women's local political action, youth unemployment, and
the surprisingly high level of satisfaction with life that residents express.