When Getting Back to Nature Becomes a Social Problem: Outdoor Recreation and Social Movements at Jumbo Pass, BC, and the Tobeatic Wilderness Area, NS
This project compares the Tobeatic Wilderness Area, Nova Scotia, and Jumbo Pass, British Columbia, as places where outdoor sport has become the subject of environmental movement activism. Environmentalists have described the Tobeatic as the wild soul of the Maritimes. It is a popular destination for canoeing, hiking and fishing. However, all-terrain vehicle use in the area has been defined as ecologically problematic. Jumbo Glacier Resort is a proposed ski resort that is opposed by environmentalists because of its potential impacts on wildlife populations and alpine eco-systems. During the conflict with resort developers, environmentalists have drawn on the support of hikers and back country skiers as allies. This comparative project uses discourse analysis of mass media texts, as well as interviews with key environmentalists, to expand our knowledge of the relationship between environmental politics, social movements and outdoor sport. This project is now completed. Publications from this research are available in the Canadian Journal of Sociology, Leisure Studies, Interface, Social Movement Studies, and the edited volume, Social Transformation in Rural Canada: Community, Cultures, and Collective Action, J.R. Parkins and M.G. Reed, Eds., UBC Press.
30 Nov -0001
Parks and Natural Areas
Tourism and Recreation
Strategic Research Theme
Creative Arts, Culture and Heritage
Environment, Energy and Natural Resources