Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Social Work

First Advisor

Faber, S.


Sociology, Social Structure and Development.



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The purpose of this study was to examine the inshore fishermen in Canso, Nova Scotia and see if they are becoming proletarianized. It was believed that competition from the capital intensive off-shore fishery continually forced these men from ownership and control over their means of production to wage labour. Historically conceptualized as petty commodity producers they are increasingly losing their middle class status because of their inability to compete within the capitalist mode of production. This argument was based upon Marxist theory. To help us gain a more indepth picture of what factors enter into the fisherman's decision to give up fishing dependency theory was also used. The results found in the study were consistent with those trends in petty commodity production for all of Canada. In Canso as in all of Canada the future for the independent commodity producer looks bleak. Perhaps as Rinehart states, like all petty commodity producers the fishermen are in the 'last stages of destruction'. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1990 .M258. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 30-03, page: 0579. Chairperson: S. Faber. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1990.