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University of Victoria

1. Dunsmoor-Farley, Dyan. Globalization's ruptures and responses: lessons from three BC communities.

Degree: Interdisciplinary Graduate Program, 2020, University of Victoria

The global economy infuses every aspect of our day to day lives, from the clothes we wear, to the food we eat, to our political choices. And with its ability to “mutate, shudder and shatter” (Dicken et al), the unpredictable ruptures associated with the global economy elude our ability to grasp its impact and to govern its activities. So how, as citizens, do we imagine governing ourselves when ‘nobody appears to be in charge any longer’? How does our understanding of the state apparatuses– the legislation, regulations, policies –speak to people’s day to day experience in their communities? This research addresses two broad questions: how are communities responding to externally generated ruptures and how do they govern themselves in response? I propose that responding coherently to rupture events is inhibited by community members’ lack of awareness of the complex interrelationships of the constituent elements of the economy, and secondarily, a tendency to see the state as the primary site of governance. Through interviews, surveys, and documentary research, this interdisciplinary study (political science, human geography, sociology and history) examines how three British Columbia communities – Tumbler Ridge, Tofino and Gabriola Island – were affected by recessionary ruptures and how they responded. Each of these communities exists within Indigenous spaces. Understanding how communities perceived their relationships with their Indigenous neighbours grounds the stories within the historical impacts of colonization, although it is not part of this thesis to investigate both sides of the ‘settler’-Indigenous relationship in these communities. By telling the story of each community’s response to rupture over time and comparing their trajectories, I draw conclusions comparing each community’s response and the outcomes. I pursue four areas of investigation: the degree to which communities understood their relationship with what I call the “capital economy” and others refer to as the market or capitalist economy, and how that understanding affected their response to rupture; how attitudes toward place shaped community responses to rupture; how community perceptions about their local economies affected the decisions they made and the strategies they employed to address economic and social challenges; and how the deployment of governance at various scales impacted the socio-economic health of the communities. The communities embraced a range of strategies from individual autonomous action, to networked autonomous action, to the creation of place-based governance entities as sites for action. Their effectiveness was determined by three factors. First of these is the degree to which communities saw the state as the locus of political action and the market economy as the primary agent for achieving community health and wellbeing had consequences for life control, self-determination and self-governance. Second is the extent to which the community was willing to work outside of the normative governance structures (normative in… Advisors/Committee Members: Shaw, Pam (supervisor), Lawson, James Charles Barkley (supervisor).

Subjects/Keywords: Global production; Self-governance; rural communities; case study; agency; autonomous action; case study; global economy impacts; Indigenous/occupier relations

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APA (6th Edition):

Dunsmoor-Farley, D. (2020). Globalization's ruptures and responses: lessons from three BC communities. (Thesis). University of Victoria. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1828/12104

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Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Dunsmoor-Farley, Dyan. “Globalization's ruptures and responses: lessons from three BC communities.” 2020. Thesis, University of Victoria. Accessed September 20, 2020. http://hdl.handle.net/1828/12104.

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MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Dunsmoor-Farley, Dyan. “Globalization's ruptures and responses: lessons from three BC communities.” 2020. Web. 20 Sep 2020.

Vancouver:

Dunsmoor-Farley D. Globalization's ruptures and responses: lessons from three BC communities. [Internet] [Thesis]. University of Victoria; 2020. [cited 2020 Sep 20]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1828/12104.

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Council of Science Editors:

Dunsmoor-Farley D. Globalization's ruptures and responses: lessons from three BC communities. [Thesis]. University of Victoria; 2020. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1828/12104

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

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