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Uprooting and Rebuilding Communities in Newfoundland and Labrador and Beyond

Edited by Isabelle Côté & Yolande Pottie-Sherman
Categories: Migration And Resettlement, Geography, North Atlantic European Studies, Policy And Politics, Sociology
Series: Social and Economic Papers
Series Number: 37
Paperback : 9781894725682, 284 pages, September 2020

Table of contents

List of Figures   vii
Contributors   ix
Acknowledgements   xiii
1. Resettlement in Newfoundland and Labrador in Comparative Perspective | Yolande Pottie-Sherman, Isabelle Côté, and Rebecca LeDrew   1
PART I: Resettlement in Newfoundland and Labrador
2. Development’s Travelling Rationalities: Contextualizing Newfoundland Resettlement | Tina Loo   43
3. Not Just Pawns in a Board Game: Local Actors in the Fisheries Household Resettlement Program | George Withers   79
4. Should We Stay or Should We Go? Mobility, Immobility, and Community Closure in Newfoundland and Labrador, 2009–2018 | Isabelle Côté and Yolande Pottie-Sherman   111
PART II: Resettlement in Greenland, Ireland, and Canada’s Arctic
5. Resettlement, Urbanization, and Rural–Urban Homelessness Geographies in Greenland | Julia Christensen and Steven Arnfjord   143
6. Non-State Actors and Resettlement in Reverse: The Case of Rural Resettlement Ireland | Hannah Barry and Isabelle Côté   181
7. Climate Resettlement in Canada’s Arctic | Nicole Marshall   223
Index   259

A collection of essays situating Newfoundland and Labrador resettlement in conversation with global relocation debates, such as those in Quebec, Greenland and Ireland.


Resettlement is a global phenomenon once again at the forefront of political debate in Newfoundland and Labrador. This collection, edited by political scientist Isabelle Côté and geographer Yolande Pottie-Sherman, presents an assembly of interdisciplinary voices situating Newfoundland and Labrador resettlement (past, present, and future) in conversation with relocation debates in other places such Quebec and Northern Canada, Greenland, and Ireland. Contributors consider common themes of contemporary resettlement programs including resistance, collective-decision-making, power, place, and identity. Newfoundland Studies scholars have underscored the significance of Smallwood-era resettlement programs (1954–1977), but have not yet adequately addressed the second, ongoing phase of resettlement (1977–present), carried out at the request of communities and implemented to mitigate the fiscal mismatch between shrinking populations and infrastructure costs. In these pages, scholars examine a process that begins before and continues long after communities or individuals move, and places the Newfoundland and Labrador experience in conversation with other global contemporary resettlement projects.


"This collection of scholarly essays. .. covers a lightning rod of a subject for Newfoundland and Labrador. Resettlement provides the most comprehensive overview of community relocation here, with new analysis covering the last decade. "

- Jenn Thornhill Verma, Atlantic Books Today