The West and Beyond

New Perspectives on an Imagined Region


The West and Beyond

The West and Beyond explores the state of Western Canadian history, showcasing the research interests of a new generation of scholars while charting new directions for the future and stimulating further interrogation of our past. This dynamic collection encourages dialogue among generations of historians of the West, and among practitioners of diverse approaches to the past. It also reflects a broad range of disciplinary and professional boundaries, offering new ways to understand the West.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Cover Page 1
Contents 6
Acknowledgements 10
Introduction 12
Part One: Frameworks for Western Canadian History 28
1 Critical History in Western Canada 1900–2000 30
2 Vernacular Currents in Western Canadian Historiography: The Passion and Prose of Katherine Hughes, F.G. Roe, and Roy Ito 40
3 Cree Intellectual Traditions in History 74
Part Two: The Aboriginal West 90
4 Visualizing Space, Race, and History in the North: Photographic Narratives of the Athabasca-Mackenzie River Basin 92
5 The Kaleidoscope of Madness: Perceptions of Insanity in British Columbia Aboriginal Populations, 1872–1950 121
6 Space, Temporality, History: Encountering Hauntings in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside 140
7 The Expectations of a Queen: Identity and Race Politics in the Calgary Stampede 160
Part Three: The Workers' West 184
8 Capitalist Development, Forms of Labour, and Class Formation in Prairie Canada 186
9 Two Wests, One-and-a-Half Paradigms, and, Perhaps, Beyond 208
10 Disease as Embodied Praxis: Epidemics, Public Health, and Working-Class Resistance in Winnipeg, 1906–19 227
11 Winnipeg's Moment: The Winnipeg Postal Strike of 1919 254
Part Four: Viewing the West from the Margins 278
12 "Our Negro Citizens": An Example of Everyday Citizenship Practices 280
13 A Queer-Eye View of the Prairies: Reorienting Western Canadian Histories 305
14 Human Rights Law and Sexual Discrimination in British Columbia, 1953–84 324
Part Five: Cultural Portrayals of the West 354
15 W.L. Morton, Margaret Laurence, and the Writing of Manitoba 356
16 The Banff Photographic Exchange: Albums, Youth, Skiing, and Memory Making in the 1920s 376
17 Eric Harvie: Without and Within Robert Kroetsch's Alibi 402
18 "It's a Landmark in the Community": The Conservation of Historic Places in Saskatchewan, 1911–2009 424
Contributors 444
Index 448
A 448
B 449
C 450
D 451
F 452
E 452
G 453
H 453
I 454
J 454
K 455
L 455
M 456
N 457
O 457
P 458
R 458
Q 458
S 459
T 460
U 461
V 461
W 461
Y 462
Z 462