“We're in this all together”: community impacts of long-distance labour commuting

Markey, Sean and Ryser, Laura and Halseth, Greg (2015) “We're in this all together”: community impacts of long-distance labour commuting. Rural Society, 24 (2). pp. 131-153. ISSN 2204-0536

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Labour and economic development patterns in rural regions have shifted substantially as a by-product of both economic and political restructuring. An important manifestation of this restructuring has been the growth of long distance labour commuting (LDLC) associated with increased labour flexibility and worker/family preference. In this article, we draw upon research in Mackenzie, British Columbia (BC), Canada, to explore the broader impacts of LDLC on a home community from a series of different perspectives. Our findings focus on two core themes: (1) family and community dynamics; and (2) the capacity of community organizations. Numerous negative outcomes associated with LDLC were found, including family stress and volunteer burnout. Our research also revealed a variety of positive dimensions associated with LDLC, including the ability to continue to call Mackenzie home and a strengthened sense of community. The experience in Mackenzie offers important themes for research in other communities and places experiencing LDLC.

Item Type: Article
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/14189
Item ID: 14189
Keywords: labour, commuting, rural, community, development
Department(s): Divisions > On the Move Partnership
Date: 22 September 2015
Date Type: Publication
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