Beyond the City Limits

Rural History in British Columbia

Édité par R.W. Sandwell
Catégories: History
Éditeur: UBC Press
Hardcover : 9780774806947, 304 pages, Décembre 1998

Table des matières

Introduction: Finding Rural British Columbia / R. W

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.




La description

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.


While the rural sometimes gets lost in the dazzling array of topics and methodological approaches represented here, this book is often fun to read and serves as a delightful sampler of what happened 'beyond the city limits' in British Columbia . .. If subsequent research efforts 'beyond the city limits' are as well executed as are those depicted in this sampling . .. then the history of British Columbia and Canada will be the richer for it.

- Margaret Conrad

Ken Favrholt’s article on agricultural settlement south of Kamloops does a wonderful job of explaining the presence of the old abandoned farm houses that dot the landscape on either side of Highway 5, and David Dendy’s account of codling moths in the Okangan is a "must read" for anyone interested in the history of the provincial tree fruit industry or the problems facing the widely publicized sterile insect release program. [Jean] Barman’s essay is clearly written and it manages to tackle a number of potentially contentious issues in a balanced and non-partisan manner. After reading Barman’s contribution you will no longer accept the arguments that all pioneering women were white, that academics are incapable of writing a coherent sentence, and that academic articles are categorically different from the articles that grace the pages of The Beaver or British Columbia Historical News.

- Clint Evans