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Labour market dynamics in Canada, 1891-1911: a first look from new Census samples

Inwood, Kris, MacKinnon, Mary and Minns, Chris (2014) Labour market dynamics in Canada, 1891-1911: a first look from new Census samples. In: Darroch, Gordon, (ed.) The Dawn of Canada's Century: Hidden Histories. McGill-Queen's University Press, Montreal, Canada. ISBN 9780773542525 (In Press)

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Sir Wilfrid Laurier famously claimed that the twentieth century would be Canada's century and, indeed, its opening decade witnessed remarkable territorial, demographic, and social transformations. Yet the lives of those who lived and laboured to fashion these changes remain largely hidden from historical view. The Dawn of Canada's Century presents close and systematic interpretations of everyday lives based on the first national sample of the 1911 census. Written by many of Canada's leading historical researchers, The Dawn of Canada's Century demonstrates the wide-ranging and revealing social histories made possible by the new Canadian Century Research Infrastructure, an innovative database of national samples of decennial census microdata, from 1911 through 1951. This revealing collection sheds new light on topics including identity and language, the socio-demography of aboriginal populations, national labour market dynamics, earnings distributions, social mobility, gender and immigration experiences, and the technologies of census taking. Situating early twentieth-century Canada within international historical population studies, these essays provide new ways to understand individuals' lives and connect them to larger structural changes.

Item Type: Book Section
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Additional Information: © 2012 McGill-Queen's University Press
Library of Congress subject classification: F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F1001 Canada (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Sets: Departments > Economic History
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2011 11:26

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