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Niagara Falling: Globalization in a Small Town

UW-L Author: Carol D. Miller, Ph.D.
Sociology/Archaeology
Copyright: 2007
Publisher: Lexington Books

Miller, Carol D. Niagara Falling: Globalization in a Small Town. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2007.

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.

About the Author

1998; B.S., UW-River Falls, M.A. and Ph.D., University of Arizona. Carol teaches courses in Comparative Sociology, Gender, and Urban/Rural Sociology. Her research is primarily in the areas of gender and World-systems Theory. Another research interest has led to her study of deer hunting activities. Overall, Carol's teaching and research revolve around economic and social changes, occurring in Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest, as a result of globalization.

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