PEOPLE IN THE WAY: Modernity, Environment, and Society on the Arrow Lakes

TitlePEOPLE IN THE WAY: Modernity, Environment, and Society on the Arrow Lakes
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsLoo, T
JournalBC Studies
Pagination161
ISBN Number0005-2949
KeywordsHydroelectric plants, Modernism, Public works, Reservoirs, Treaties, Urban development
Abstract

While it is widely understood that large-scale, state-directed environmental exploitation drove the rise of British Columbia in the postwar years, rather less is known about the ideas and practices that informed this process. Focusing on the 1964 Columbia River Treaty, Loo examines the agents, techniques, and logic associated with the creation of a modern British Columbia through hydroelectric development, arguing that they were manifestations of an encompassing historically specific ideology of "high modernity."