Beyond the City Limits: Rural History in British Columbia

Beyond the City Limits: Rural History in British Columbia

By: R. W. Sandwell (editor)Hardback

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Historians have not usually identified British Columbia as a rural province. B.C. historiography has been dominated by mining, logging, and fishing, and theorized within the context of large-scale, laissez-faire capitalism and economic individualism. Silences in the historical record have exacerbated this situation and lent tacit support to the dominance of resource-based capitalism as the shaping force in B.C. history. The essays in Beyond the City Limits, all published here for the first time, decisively break this silence and challenge traditional readings of B.C. history. In this wide-ranging collection, R.W. Sandwell draws together a distinguished group of contributors who bring expertise, methodologies, and theoretical perspectives taken from social and political history, environmental studies, cultural geography, and anthropology. They discuss such diverse topics as Aboriginal-White settler relations on Vancouver Island, pimping and violence in northern BC, and the triumph of the coddling moth over Okanagan orchardists, to show that a narrow emphasis on resource extraction, capitalist labour relations, and urban society is simply not broad enough to adequately describe those who populated the province's history. By challenging the dominant urban-based and overwhelmingly capitalist interpretation of the province's history, the provocative essays in Beyond the City Limits expand our understanding of what "rural" was and what it meant in the history of British Columbia.

About Author

R.W. Sandwell has taught history at Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia.


Introduction: Finding Rural British Columbia / R.W Sandwell Part 1: Exploring Relations of Power 1. `Relating to the Country': The Lekwammen and the Extension of European Settlement, 1843-1911 / John Lutz 2. Manifestations of Power: Native Resistance to the Resettlement of British Columbia / Bruce Stadfeld 3. An Early Rural Revolt: The Introduction of the Canadian System of Tariffs to British Columbia, 1871-4 / Daniel P. Marshall 4. `Lessons in Living': Film Propaganda and Progressive Education in Rural British Columbia, 1944 / Brian Low Part 2: Land and Society 5. Reading the Land: Policy and Practice in the Settlement of Saltspring Island, 1859-91 / R.W. Sandwell 6. Domesticating the Drybelt: Agricultural Settlement in the Hills around Kamloops, 1860-1960 / Ken Favrholdt 7. Cougars, Colonists, and the Rural Settlement of Vancouver Island / Richard Mackie 8. The Worm in the Apple: Contesting the Codling Moth in British Columbia / David Dendy Part 3: Gender and Society 9. Invisible Women: Aboriginal Mothers and Mixed-Race Daughters in Rural Pioneer British Columbia / Jean Barman 10. Bachelors in the Backwoods: White Men and Homosocial Culture in Up-Country British Columbia, 1858-71 / Adele Perry 11. Rurality Check: Demographic Boundaries on the British Columbian Frontier / John Douglas Belshaw 12. Pimping and Courtship: A 1940 Court Case from Northern British Columbia / David Peterson del Mar 13. `You Would Have Had Your Pick': Youth, Gender, and Jobs in Williams Lake, British Columbia, 1945-75 / Tony F. Arruda Notes Contributors Index

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  • ISBN13: 9780774806947
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 304
  • ID: 9780774806947
  • weight: 580
  • ISBN10: 077480694X

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