Making Meaning Out of Mountains: The Political Ecology of Skiing

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UBC Press, May 1, 2012 - Political Science - 240 pages
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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.

In Making Meaning out of Mountains, Mark Stoddart draws on interviews, field observations, and media analysis to reveal the multiple, often conflicting meanings attached to skiing in British Columbia. Corporate leaders promote the industry as sustainable development, while environmentalists and some First Nations argue that skiing sacrifices wildlife habitats and traditional lands to tourism and corporate gain. Skiers themselves appreciate the opportunity to commune with nature but are concerned about skiing's environmental impact.

This multilayered analysis not only challenges us to reflect more seriously on skiing's negative effects, it also brings to light how certain groups came to be viewed as the "natural" inhabitants and legitimate managers of mountain environments.

 

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Contents

The Attractive Economy of Skiing
1
2 Skiing Naturecultures and the Mountainous Sublime
26
3 Cyborg Skiers and Snowy Collectives
66
4 Environmental Subjectivity and the Ecopolitics of Skiing
105
5 Skiing and Social Power
137
Toward a Political Ecology of Skiing
171
The 2010 Olympics and the Ecopolitics of Snow
182
Notes
185
Bibliography
197
Index
213
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About the author (2012)

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

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