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Making Meaning Out of Mountains

The Political Ecology of Skiing

by Mark C.J. Stoddart

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Description

Mountains bear the imprint of human activity. Scars from logging and surface mining sit alongside national parks and ski lodges. Although the environmental effects of extractive industries are well known, skiing is more likely to bring to mind images of luxury, wealth, and health. Drawing on interviews, field observations, and media analysis, Stoddart reveals the multiple, often conflicting meanings attached to skiing by skiers, mass media, First Nations, industry leaders, and environmentalists in British Columbia. Stoddart challenges us to reflect on skiing’s negative effects as he exposes how certain groups came to be viewed as the “natural” inhabitants and legitimate managers of mountain environments.

Contributor Notes

Mark C.J. Stoddart is an assistant professor of sociology at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Awards
  • Winner, Early Investigator Award, Canadian Sociological Association
Editorial Review

Stoddart provides an insightful examination of skiing from the perspective of ecopolitics...a unique study. Recommended.

— CHOICE, Vol. 50 No. 03

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