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Africville

The Life and Death of a Canadian Black Community

Donald H. Clairmont (author) Dennis William Magill (author)

ISBN: 9781551300931

Publication Date: Jan 1999

Format: Paperback

In the mid 1960s the city of Halifax decided to relocate the inhabitants of Africville - a black community that had been transformed by civil neglect, mismanagement, and poor planning into one of the worst city slums in Canada. Africville is a sociological account of the relocation that reveals how lack of resources and inadequate planning led to devastating consequences for Africville relocatees.
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In the mid 1960s the city of Halifax decided to relocate the inhabitants of Africville–a black community that had been transformed by civil neglect, mismanagement, and poor planning into one of the worst city slums in Canadian history. Africville is a sociological account of the relocation that reveals how lack of resources and inadequate planning led to devastating consequences for Africville relocatees.

Africville is a work of painstaking scholarship that reveals in detail the social injustice that marked both the life and the death of the community. It became a classic work in Canadian sociology after its original publication in 1974. The third edition contains new material that enriches the original analysis, updates the account, and highlights the continuing importance of Africville to black consciousness in Nova Scotia.
Language English
Pages 307
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Jan 1999
Publisher Canadian Scholars
Subject/s Urban communities   Population & demography  
  • List of Tables
  • List of Photographs and Maps
  • Preface to the 1974 Edition
  • Preface to the 1987 Edition
  • Preface to the 1999 Edition
  • Introduction: The Relocation Phenomenon and the Africville Study
  • Chapter One: Black Immigration to Nova Scotia and the Settlement of Africville
  • Chapter Two: Africville's Social Structure
  • Chapter Three: The Major Institution: The Seaview African United Baptist Church
  • Chapter Four: Africville as a Social Problem
  • Chapter Five: The Relocation Decision and Liberal-Welfare Rhetoric: 1962-1964
  • Chapter Six: Organization and Relocation: Mechanics and Limitations: 1964-1969
  • Chapter Seven: Relocation and Relocatees
  • Chapter Eight: The Implications of Africville Relocation
  • Chapter Nine: Deconstructing Africville: 1999
  • Epilogue
  • Foreword to the 1974 Edition - Guy Henson
  • Foreword to the 1987 Edition - Bridglal Pachai
  • Bibliography
Donald H. Clairmont was born in Hamilton, Ontario, and has taught at St. Mary's University, Washington University (St. Louis), the University of Guelph, and Dalhousie University.

Dennis William Magill is Professor Emeritius, Department of Sociology, University of Toronto.

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