Resource Communities in a Globalizing Region: Development, Agency, and Contestation in Northern British Columbia

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Paul Bowles, Gary N. Wilson
UBC Press, Dec 14, 2015 - Political Science - 312 pages
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Northern British Columbia has always played an important role in Canada’s economy, but for many Canadians it also existed as an almost forgotten place: a vast territory where only a few roads, some railroad tracks, and a ferry system connected small cities, towns, and villages to the outside world. Now, as the global appetite for oil, gas, hydroelectricity, wood, and minerals intensifies, this resource-rich and geographically important region is being pulled onto the national and international economic stages.

As debates around pipelines, mines, and hydroelectric projects intensify in local coffee shops, distant boardrooms, and the halls of Parliament, this timely volume examines the connections and tensions between resource communities and global market forces, illuminating how governments, Aboriginal peoples, organized labour, NGOs, and the private sector are adapting to, resisting, and embracing change.

 

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Contents

Introduction
3
1 Globalizing Northern British Columbia
15
2 Northern British Columbia
39
3 Development Province Building and Globalization in Northern British Columbia
56
4 Globalization and the Transformation of Aboriginal Society
79
5 Globalization and Multilevel Governance in Northern British Columbia
109
6 Development and Reconciliation
136
7 Neoliberalisms Traction
167
8 China and the Northern British Columbia Forest Products Sector
197
9 Mining and Energy in Northern British Columbia
220
10 Pipelines and Protest
254
Conclusion
280
Contributors
293
Index
294
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Paul Bowles is a professor of economics and international studies at the University of Northern British Columbia. Gary N. Wilson is a professor of political science at the University of Northern British Columbia.

Contributors: Ken Coates, Fiona MacPhail, Jim McDonald, Tracy Summerville, Henry Veltmeyer, John F. Young

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