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A Company of Workers, A Country of Citizens

For the workers and residents of Kimberley and Clifton-Morenci, citizenship embodied notions of opportunity and privilege in a town that offered little freedoms from the everyday strains of mine work.  Although legal citizeship was defined according to federal laws and governed at the national level, community members continually redefined and shaped these precedents according to changing social and economic conditions at the local level (community, municipality, industry).  Residents defined "cultural citizenship" for themselves and others despite legal precidents.  Citizenship represented more than just one's legal status.  The term also suggested that one had the ability and rationality to maintain autonomy and freedom.  In the process, cultural citizenship ties helped to establish stronger worker agency.  Chapter 4, Sixteen Tons

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