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Ferry Tales: Mobility, Place, and Time on Canada's West Coast

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The purpose of this rich and innovatively presented ethnography is to explore mobility, sense of place and time on the British Columbia coast. On the basis of almost 400 interviews with ferry passengers and over 250 ferry journeys, the author narrates and reflects on the performance of travel and on the consequences of ferry-dependence on island and coastal communities. Ferry Tales inaugurates a new series entitled Innovative Ethnographies for Routledge (innovativeethnographies.net). The purpose of this ...

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Ferry Tales: Mobility, Place, and Time on Canada's West Coast

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Overview

The purpose of this rich and innovatively presented ethnography is to explore mobility, sense of place and time on the British Columbia coast. On the basis of almost 400 interviews with ferry passengers and over 250 ferry journeys, the author narrates and reflects on the performance of travel and on the consequences of ferry-dependence on island and coastal communities. Ferry Tales inaugurates a new series entitled Innovative Ethnographies for Routledge (innovativeethnographies.net). The purpose of this hypermedia book series is to use digital technologies to capture a richer, multimodal view of social life than was otherwise done in the classic, print-based tradition of ethnography, while maintaining the traditional strengths of classic, ethnographic analysis.

Visit the book's website at ferrytales.innovativeethnographies.net

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Editorial Reviews

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"This is a book to savor slowly. Presented as a multimedia experimental ethnography embedded with sound recordings, maps, photos, and website, Ferry Tales will transform how we share scholarship as well as how we think about mobility and moorings."Mimi Sheller, Center for Mobilities Research and Policy, Drexel University

"This deliciously written (and titled) text is a mobile ethnography of performance, action and ritual as played out on and around the islands and coasts on Canada’s west coast. Ferry Tales will transport readers to fresh and humane reconstitutions of space, place, time, and technology."Godfrey Baldacchino, Island Studies, University of Prince Edward Island, Canada

"...in his direct and affectionate observations of how we live and move on this coast, he captures us as individuals and as a culture."—Crawford Kilian, The Tyee

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415883061
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/10/2012
  • Pages: 264

Meet the Author

Phillip Vannini is Associate Professor in the School of Communication and Culture at Royal Roads University, in Victoria, Canada, and Canada Research Chair in Innovative Learning and Public Ethnography. He is author and editor of eight books including Understanding Society through Popular Music (with Joe Kotarba), and The Senses in Self, Culture, and Society (both published by Routledge).

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Table of Contents

One Sailing Wait xi

Wishes and Acknowledgments xv

Part 1 Before Departure 1

Chapter 1 A Queens Drowning 3

Chapter 2 Ways of Moving 11

Chapter 3 Getting to the BC Coast 16

Chapter 4 The Making of Ferry Tales 23

Part 2 Welcome Aboard 31

Chapter 5 Travel as Performance 33

Chapter 6 Of Ferries and Their Passengers 40

Chapter 7 Ferry (Techno-)Culture 49

Chapter 8 In the Kids' Zone 59

Part 3 A Different Kind of Place 67

Chapter 9 Insulation and Isolation 69

Chapter 10 The Feel of Island and Coastal Life 75

Chapter 11 En Route to Heaven? 84

Chapter 12 Removed 91

Part 4 In Time, Out of Time 99

Chapter 13 Island Time 101

Chapter 14 Speed … Sort of… 105

Chapter 15 Keeping the Rhythm 112

Chapter 16 Axe We There Yet? 119

Part 5 Ferries, Power, and Politics 127

Chapter 17 Constellations of (In-)Convenience 129

Chapter 18 Danger: Keep Off the Rocks 139

Chapter 19 More Cracks in the Water 146

Chapter 20 Changing Life on the Coast 153

Part 6 Performing Elusive Mobilities 159

Chapter 21 The Taskscape of Travel 161

Chapter 22 How to Catch a Ferry 167

Chapter 23 Ritual, Play, and Drama 175

Chapter 24 Elusiveness 182

Part 7 Waiting for a Ride 189

Chapter 25 Time Thieves 191

Chapter 26 Dwelling in Lineups 197

Chapter 27 Mind the Gap 205

Chapter 28 Another Sailing Wait 212

Notes 215

References 228

Index 237

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