A Wilder West: Rodeo in Western Canada

A Wilder West: Rodeo in Western Canada

by Mary-Ellen Kelm

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Overview

A controversial sport, rodeo is often seen as emblematic of the West's reputation as a “white man's country.” A Wilder West complicates this view, showing how rodeo has been an important contact zone - a chaotic and unpredictable place of encounter that challenged expected social hierarchies. Rodeo has brought people together across racial and gender divides, creating friendships, rivalries, and unexpected intimacies. Fans made hometown cowboys, cowgirls, and Aboriginal riders local heroes. Lavishly illustrated and based on cowboy / cowgirl biographies and memoirs, press coverage, archival records, and dozens of interviews with former and current rodeo contestants, promoters, and audience members, this creative history returns to rodeo's small-town roots to shed light on the history of social relations in Canada's western frontier.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780774820301
Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
Publication date: 10/04/2012
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction

1 An Old-Timers' Town: Western Communities, Performance, and
Contact Zones

2 Truly Western in Its Character: Identities, Affinities, and
Intimacies at Western Canadian Rodeo

3 A Sport, Not a Carnival Act: Transforming Rodeo from Performance to Sport

4 Heavens No! Let's Keep It Rodeo! Pro Rodeo and the Making of the Modern Cowboy

5 Going Pro: Community Rodeo in the Era of Professionalization

6 Where the Cowboys Are Indians: Indian and Reserve Rodeo in the
Canadian West

Conclusion

Glossary; Notes; Index

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From the Publisher

"I love this book. It is wonderfully written and, while clearly an academic look at the sport, always accessible and engaging. It documents an important part of our western tradition in a way that will captivate academics, rodeo devotees, and casual observers alike. From Nora Gladstone's poem to the in-depth look at the Williams Lakes and Lethbridges of the rodeo world, I finally lost track of the 'aha' moments in the book."—David A. Poulsen, rodeo announcer and award-winning author

David A. Poulsen

I love this book. It is wonderfully written and, while clearly an academic look at the sport, always accessible and engaging. It documents an important part of our western tradition in a way that will captivate academics, rodeo devotees, and casual observers alike. From Nora Gladstone's poem to the in-depth look at the Williams Lakes and Lethbridges of the rodeo world, I finally lost track of the 'aha' moments in the book.

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