A Wilder West: Rodeo in Western Canada

A Wilder West: Rodeo in Western Canada

By: Mary-Ellen Kelm (author)Hardback

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A controversial sport, rodeo is often seen as emblematic of the West's reputation as a "white man's country." A Wilder West complicates this view, showing how rodeo has been an important contact zone -- a chaotic and unpredictable place of encounter that challenged expected social hierarchies. Rodeo has brought people together across racial and gender divides, creating friendships, rivalries, and unexpected intimacies. Fans made hometown cowboys, cowgirls, and Aboriginal riders local heroes. Lavishly illustrated and based on cowboy/cowgirl biographies and memoirs, press coverage, archival records, and dozens of interviews with former and current rodeo contestants, promoters, and audience members, this creative history returns to rodeo's small-town roots to shed light on the history of social relations in Canada's western frontier.

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About Author

Mary-Ellen Kelm is a Canada Research Chair in the Department of History at Simon Fraser University. Her previous books include Colonizing Bodies: Aboriginal Health and Healing in British Columbia. She is an avid animal trainer, competing in agility and obedience with her dog, Rusty. She lives in North Vancouver with her husband, Don, and spends her summers outdoors, hiking and paddling in British Columbia.


Introduction 1 An Old-Timers' Town: Western Communities, Performance, and Contact Zones 2 Truly Western in Its Character: Identities, Affinities, and Intimacies at Western Canadian Rodeo 3 A Sport, Not a Carnival Act: Transforming Rodeo from Performance to Sport 4 Heavens No! Let's Keep It Rodeo! Pro Rodeo and the Making of the Modern Cowboy 5 Going Pro: Community Rodeo in the Era of Professionalization 6 Where the Cowboys Are Indians: Indian and Reserve Rodeo in the Canadian West Conclusion Glossary; Notes; Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 10/11/2011
  • ISBN13: 9780774820295
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 256
  • ID: 9780774820295
  • weight: 567
  • ISBN10: 0774820292

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