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Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Taking the Air

Ideas and Change in Canada’s National Parks

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Taking the Air

Ideas and Change in Canada’s National Parks

In Taking the Air, Paul Kopas takes a comprehensive approach to the policy aspects of the management of parks and protected areas. He scrutinizes the policy-making process for national parks since the mid-1950s and interrogates the rationale and policies that have governed their administration. He argues that national parks and park policy reflect not only environmental concerns but also the political and social attitudes of bureaucrats, citizens, interest groups, Aboriginal peoples, and legal authorities. He explores how the goals of each group have been shaped by the historical context of park policy, influencing the shape and weight of their contributions.


248 pages


Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

List of Abbreviations

Introduction: The Meaning of National Parks and the Contexts of Change

Background to the Postwar Era: A Brief History of Canada’s National Parks

National Parks and the Era of State Initiative, 1955-70

National Parks and Public Participation, 1970-79

National Parks and the Initiatives of Organized Interests, 1984-93

Repossession by the State: National Parks and "Reinvented" Government

National Parks and the Giving of Meaning

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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