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White Space

Race, Privilege, and Cultural Economies of the Okanagan Valley

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

White Space

Race, Privilege, and Cultural Economies of the Okanagan Valley

A multidisciplinary survey of race on the rural-urban fringe.
Between the country and the city, transitional economies on the rural-urban fringe exhibit a unique and understudied relationship to race. White Space maps the workings of race and colonialism in one such liminal region, Canada’s Okanagan Valley. A diverse group of scholars tracks the contested development of whiteness across history—from rapid settler expansion through to the deindustrialized present. Revealing the contingent instability of whiteness, this book offers a powerful demonstration of how oppressive structures can be reimagined and resisted, especially during times of economic change.

284 pages | 3 halftones, 1 map | 6 x 9

Sociology: Race, Ethnic, and Minority Relations


“With its focus on regional specificity, White Space makes a distinctive contribution to the critical literature on white privilege and spatial imaginaries of race in Canada.”

Jennifer Henderson, Carleton University

Table of Contents


Part 1: Historical Erasures and Re-inscriptions of White Fantasies

1 Emerging from the Whiteout: Colonization, Assimilation, Historical Erasure, and Okanagan-Syilx Resistance and Transforming Praxis in the Okanagan Valley / Bill Cohen and Natalie A. Chambers

2 Niggertoe Mountain: Colouring Hinterland Fantasies / Daniel Keyes

3 Nkwala: Colouring Hinterland Fantasies with the Indigenous / Daniel Keyes

4 The Rhetoric of Absence: Susan Allison’s Racial Melancholia / Janet MacArthur

5 Camp Road / Audrey Kobayashi

Part 2: Revealing and Challenging Contemporary White Fantasies

6 Mapping White Consumer Culture: Kelowna’s Tourist Maps 1983–1999 / Jon Corbett and Donna M. Senese

7 Fantasies of Encore Whiteness in the Central Okanagan Valley / Luis L.M. Aguiar

8 White Supremacy, Surveillance, and Urban Aboriginal Women in the Kelowna, BC, Housing Market / Sheila Lewis and Lawrence D. Berg

9 "The Jamaicans are here and working": Race and Community Responses / Carl E. James

10 Okanagan in Print: Exalting Typographical Heimlich Fantasies of Entrepreneurial Whiteness / Daniel Keyes

11 Emplacing and Displacing Whiteness in Kelowna: Aporetic Urbanization and the Limits of Modern Politics / Delacey Tedesco

12 The Imaginary of Redneck Okanagan Whiteness: A Sketch / Stephen Svenson

Contributors; Index

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