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I Dreamt This Was My Home: Construction of Forest and Rural Settler Identity in Mission, British Columbia


I Dreamt This Was My Home: Construction of Forest and Rural Settler Identity in Mission, British Columbia

Krobath, Helena (2017) I Dreamt This Was My Home: Construction of Forest and Rural Settler Identity in Mission, British Columbia. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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As places for rich sensorial and symbolic experiences, forestry recreation sites provide contact not only with biosphere ecology, but with tropes and values expressed through managed ‘nature space’. Articulating these tropes and values reveals that ‘nature’ itself has been socially constructed and conceptually intersects with power, including rights of access and production of capital. By bringing multimodal research-creation practices into contact with my own production of place-based knowledge in the forests of my hometown in Mission, British Columbia, I assemble a situated account of spatial narratives and ideological work taking place in managed, recreational forests of the Fraser Valley. In so doing, I also demonstrate ways of provoking reflexive interplay between sensory impressions, poetic meanings, dominant narratives, and knowledge. After forming analyses through documentary research, situated encounters, creative process, and critical theory, I present the two overarching arguments of this project: 1) ideological work around jurisdiction and enclosure takes place in rural communities through managed nature reserves and ossified narratives in ‘natural zones’ and 2) multimodal creative research can be used to notice ways that sensory and poetic meanings of a site are entangled with knowledge and power structures and to illuminate occupations and construction of space, place, and imagination.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Communication Studies
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Krobath, Helena
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Media Studies
Date:15 December 2017
Thesis Supervisor(s):Chapman, Owen
Keywords:forest, forestry, natural resources, British Columbia, sound studies, mobilities, mobile methods, research-creation, heterotopia, spatial critique, land management, nature, colonialism, spatial narrative, settler culture, Fraser Valley, sensory observation, field studies, memory, enclosure, jurisdiction, roadways, land
ID Code:983641
Deposited By: Helena Krobath
Deposited On:11 Jun 2018 01:40
Last Modified:17 Sep 2018 20:46
Additional Information:Chapter 5 consists of media works that are attached in support of the main thesis document. Please use headphones for full effect of the audio composition.


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