Access: National Film Board of Canada
Summary: "Welcome to Pine Point" has all the elements of a classic sociological community study: It is set in a single-industry town. It lets us peek into the lives of four archetypical characters. And, perhaps most importantly, it is set in a real live place that no longer exists. Built in the 1960s and closed down and razed a little over twenty years later, Pine Point, like Middletown and Cornerville before it (see Robert and Helen Lynd's "Middletown" and "Middletown in Transition" and William Foote Whyte's "Street Corner Society"), is no longer locatable on a map, but lives in the memories and yellowed round-cornered photos of its residents. This interactive website, complete with moving images, text, and interactive features, would be an ideal resource for students to engage in an out-of-class and/or group assignment, and would work well in a rural sociology or sociological methods class.
Submitted By: Audrey Sprenger