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Ferry Tales: Mobility, Place, and Time on Canada's West Coast
The purpose of this rich and innovatively presented ethnography is to explore mobility and place and culture in greater depth, and also to connect this lived experience on the British Columbia coast with many other social habitats.
Hardcover, 264 pages
Published January 20th 2012 by Routledge
(first published January 1st 2012)
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One of the most accessible and well written academic books I've ever read. Vannani manages to strike a fine balance between theory and fieldwork, and combines this with a writing style that brings the islands of Vancouver to life. This book is at once a great introduction to the practicalities of Mobility and an exceptional example of how writing can illuminate sometimes dull ethnographic work. It's an absolute pleasure to read, and is so vivid as to almost persuade you to visit Vancouver.
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PV has written a fantastic ethnography that illuminates how life on the Canadian islands depends on the ferry service but at the same time is undermined, even threatened, by the way in which the commercial ferry service is organised. Thus, Vannini shows that ethnographic research not only explores everyday life but also provides evidence of the impact of commercial practices and policies on everyday lives.