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Temagami's Tangled Wild: Race, Gender, and the Making of Canadian Nature

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A vivid and engaging history that shows how the much-beloved concept of Canadian wilderness is more troubling than it seems.

Canadian wilderness seems a self-evident entity, yet, as this volume shows in vivid historical detail, wilderness is not what it seems. In Temagami's Tangled Wild, Jocelyn Thorpe traces how struggles over meaning, racialized and gendered identities, a
Paperback, 200 pages
Published July 17th 2012 by UBC Press (first published November 1st 2011)
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Feb 26, 2014 Alicia rated it did not like it
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Oh dear ... I had to read this for a Canadian environmental history class I took at the University of Alberta and then I had to write a book review report on it. The first chapter of this book is torture (for me anyway). It took me almost a month to get through reading it because I dreaded picking up the book. The rest of the book wasn't as bad as Chapter 1, but it didn't really get much better. This is definitely a purely academic book. It's certainly NOT for people simply interested in ...more
An enjoyable and brief case study of the way in which conceptions of nature, gender, and race are inextricably intertwined. Thorpe states that her "argument--that the Temagami wilderness is a product of history and relationships of power rather than simply of nature--hinges upon the understanding...that wilderness is a social category that works alongside other social categories such as race and gender, gaining legitimacy through its appearance as self-evident, or natural. The naturalizing ...more
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