Success on the Edge: portrait of a small town by Elizabeth Emily CranSuccess on the Edge: portrait of a small town by Elizabeth Emily Cran

Success on the Edge: portrait of a small town

byElizabeth Emily CranEditorFrancis MitchellIllustratorGizelle Gizelle Erdei

Paperback | October 25, 2000

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"Success on the Edge: a portrait of a small town" is a thoughtful book that serves two purposes: one, it is a history of north-western P E I and its peoples: the Irish and the Acadiens; and 2) it is an historical and sociological perspective on the survival of small, independent communities, particularly more isolated villages and towns anywhere within the North American context.

What makes Tignish, Prince Edward Island, a unique and important community? When so many smaller communities are but mere shadows of what they were a hundred years ago, why is Tignish still thriving and developing? Drawing on her knowledge of Tignish's history, as well as many years of living in and observing this community, Elizabeth Cran analyses the factors that have helped it grow and thrive into the 21st century. Her work also illustrates clearly that other communities can retain or even regain a measure of independence in an age of globalization. Residents of small communities anywhere on this continent, as well as members of governments and local organizations concerned with them, will find much food for thought and suggestions to adapt in this important little book. It is also hoped this book will inspire other communities, through their local writers or historians, to emulate the work of E. E. Cran, thereby preserving their own local record.

What can small communities and all those interested in them learn from the Tignish experience? The characteristics that have made for survival as a viable community seem to be few and simple, though not necessarily easy to attain or recover. The shortest answer is that the following must be present in some measure: remoteness; retention of local or regional identity and diversity; be of a minimum size to retain its individuality; some unifying force, be it demographics, homogeneity of purpose, etc; economics based on renewable, not finite resources; and a spirit of independence. Condensed from Elizabeth Cran's epilogue to this book, the conditions she feels are necessary for survival are contained in the following hypotheses: Survival and Distance encourage Independence and Unity, which, in turn, leads to Co-operation, all of this being grounded on one or more renewable Resources and both supported by, and supportive of, Diversity.

It is a book that every small town library and civic administration office in Canada and the USA should have on its shelves.

Title:Success on the Edge: portrait of a small townFormat:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.3 inPublished:October 25, 2000Publisher:NEW WORLD PUBLISHINGLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1895814111

ISBN - 13:9781895814118

Appropriate for ages: 16 - adult

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