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Making Meaning Out of Mountains: The Political Ecology of Skiing
by:Mark C.J. Stoddart
Mountains bear the imprint of human activity. Deep scars fromlogging and surface mining crosscut the landmarks of sports andrecreation - national parks and lookout areas, ski slopesand lodges. Although the environmental effects of extractive industriesare well known, skiing is more likely to bring to mind images ofluxury, wealth, and health.In Making...
Mountains bear the imprint of human activity. Deep scars fromlogging and surface mining crosscut the landmarks of sports andrecreation - national parks and lookout areas, ski slopesand lodges. Although the environmental effects of extractive industriesare well known, skiing is more likely to bring to mind images ofluxury, wealth, and health.In Making Meaning out of Mountains, Mark Stoddart draws oninterviews, field observations, and media analysis to explore how theski industry in British Columbia has helped transform mountainenvironments and, in turn, how skiing has come to be inscribed withmultiple, often conflicted meanings informed by power struggles rootedin race, class, and gender. Corporate leaders promote the skiingindustry as sustainable development, while environmentalists and someFirst Nations argue that skiing sacrifices wildlife habitats andtraditional lands to tourism and corporate gain. Skiers themselvesappreciate the opportunity to commune with nature but are concernedabout skiing's environmental effects.Stoddart not only challenges us to reflect more seriously onskiing's negative impact on mountain environments, he alsoreveals how certain groups came to be viewed as the"natural" inhabitants and legitimate managers of mountainenvironments.Mark C.J. Stoddart is an assistant professor ofsociology at Memorial University of Newfoundland.
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