Inventing the Salish Sea: Exploring the Performative Act of Place Naming off the Pacific Coast of North America

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dc.contributor.author Tucker, Brian Justin
dc.date.accessioned 2013-05-01T18:47:59Z
dc.date.available 2013-05-01T18:47:59Z
dc.date.copyright 2013 en_US
dc.date.issued 2013-05-01
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/4587
dc.description.abstract Over the past two decades, a growing number of scholars have begun to explore the cultural politics of toponymic inscription. The current study contributes to the emerging literature on critical place-name studies by examining the cultural and political implications of the recent designation of the “Salish Sea,” a new name given to the water body adjacent to the shared Pacific coastline of Washington State and the Province of British Columbia. Through a critical analysis of archival materials and semi-structured interviews with participants from a variety of different groups, this case study adopts a performative approach to consider the ways in which the naming of places is implicated in the rescaling of public conceptions of “place” through the performative enactment of spatial identities. In doing so, it illustrates the importance of narrative as an integral part of the cultural production of place. Although this new toponym was initially promoted to raise ecological awareness, it also has considerable implications for reshaping the political, economic, and cultural geographies of the region. Furthermore, the findings conclude that when assessing the designation’s impact on the relations between the Indigenous and Settler populations of the area, evidence points to the official naming being representative of an act of “anti-conquest”: an act that glorifies the Indigenous culture while providing no actual exchange of power or opportunity for increased levels of self-determination. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Salish Sea en_US
dc.subject Performativity en_US
dc.subject Toponymic Inscription en_US
dc.title Inventing the Salish Sea: Exploring the Performative Act of Place Naming off the Pacific Coast of North America en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Rose-Redwood, Reuben Skye
dc.degree.department Dept. of Geography en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.rights.temp Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US
dc.description.proquestcode 0366 en_US
dc.description.proquestcode 0740 en_US

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