Becoming British Columbia demystifies demographics in an accessible yet scholarly and provocative way. It will appeal to scholars and students in history, sociology, geography, and Canadian Studies, as well as to general readers interested in BC history.
John Douglas Belshaw is a faculty member with Thompson Rivers University - Open Learning, a consultant to the post-secondary sector, a public scholar, and freelance writer. He is the author, co-author, or editor of five books on British Columbia history, including Becoming British Columbia (UBC Press, 2009).
Acknowledgments 1 Cradle to Grave: An Introduction 2 Weddings, Funerals, Anything: The British Columbian Demographic Narrative 3 The West We Have Lost: First Nations Depopulation 4 Girl Meets Boys: Sex Ratios and Nuptiality 5 Ahead By A Century: Fertility 6 Strangers in Paradise: Immigration and the Experience of Diversity 7 The Mourning After: Mortality 8 The British Columbia Clearances: Some Conclusions Appendices Notes Suggested Reading Index