Disregarded sentiments : discovering the voices of opposition to the Mactaquac Dam

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dc.contributor.advisor Reid, John G., 1948-
dc.coverage.spatial New Brunswick
dc.creator Bourgoin, Samantha
dc.date.accessioned 2013-10-04T17:49:44Z
dc.date.available 2013-10-04T17:49:44Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.identifier.other FC2495 S2 B68 2013
dc.identifier.uri http://library2.smu.ca/xmlui/handle/01/25269
dc.description 125 leaves : ill. (chiefly col.), maps ; 29 cm.
dc.description Includes abstract and appendices.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 119-125).
dc.description.abstract The construction of the Mactaquac Dam on the St. John River in New Brunswick, Canada, during the late 1960s generated vocal and, at times, aggressive opposition. Dedicated to the preservation of the heritage, culture and natural beauty of the area, the opposition was deemed “sentimental” — negatively so — by dam-supporters. This thesis explores dam-opponents’ connection to the region’s heritage and culture, and particularly, their connection to the land. The importance of community and individual identities — as defined by history and culture — to environmental activism and oppositional movements is discussed. In addition, this thesis situates the Mactaquac case within broader patterns of water history and identifies the Mactaquac Dam as existing during a period of intense “authoritarian high modernism.” James C. Scott’s high modernism theory, thus, guides much of this thesis’s discussion of modernization schemes, notions of progress and social engineering. This work demonstrates that high modernist thought and the oppositional arguments were ultimately incompatible. en_CA
dc.language.iso en en_CA
dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University
dc.subject.lcc FC2495.S2
dc.subject.lcsh Dams -- New Brunswick -- Public opinion -- History -- 20th century
dc.subject.lcsh Dams -- Saint John River (Me. and N.B.) -- Public opinion -- History -- 20th century
dc.subject.lcsh Mactaquac Dam (N.B.)
dc.subject.lcsh Saint John River Valley (Me. and N.B.) -- Social life and customs
dc.title Disregarded sentiments : discovering the voices of opposition to the Mactaquac Dam en_CA
dc.type Text en_CA
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts in History
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.discipline History
thesis.degree.grantor Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)


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