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Mapping the family road trip: the automobile, the family, and outdoor recreation in postwar British Columbia

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dc.contributor.author Morris, Samantha
dc.date.accessioned 2010-08-31T16:18:45Z
dc.date.available 2010-08-31T16:18:45Z
dc.date.copyright 2010 en
dc.date.issued 2010-08-31T16:18:45Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/3004
dc.description.abstract This thesis is located at the intersection of several bodies of literature. While material exists on the histories of tourism, the automobile and the family, this combination of literature is previously uncharted territory in the history of British Columbia. By looking at the articles and advertisements published in newspapers and magazines, this work focuses on the dominant discourse surrounding the family and the automobile in postwar British Columbia. Conceptually, it is divided into two sections. The first discusses the role of the automobile in the postwar family, examining ways in which cultural producers framed it as a site of family togetherness and an essential component of modern fatherhood and masculine domesticity. This discourse correlated the automobile’s gendered dynamics with roles of modern parenthood and the experience of childhood, effectively blurring the distinction between the domestic and the public. The second section brings the family automobile into the natural environment, exploring ways in which the automobile and other outdoor technologies shaped the family’s relationship to nature. Through the gendered consumption of goods associated with the outdoors, cultural producers portrayed facilitation of the family’s access to the outdoors as a fundamental component of modern fatherhood. en
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en
dc.subject British Columbia en
dc.subject families en
dc.subject automobility en
dc.subject automobiles en
dc.subject nature en
dc.subject recreation en
dc.subject postwar en
dc.subject gender en
dc.subject environment en
dc.subject advertisements en
dc.subject discourse en
dc.subject camping en
dc.subject.lcsh UVic Subject Index::Humanities and Social Sciences::History::Canada--History en
dc.title Mapping the family road trip: the automobile, the family, and outdoor recreation in postwar British Columbia en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.contributor.supervisor Rajala, Richard
dc.degree.department Dept. of History en
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en


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