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TitleCompromising situations : participation and politics in the sustainable development of Canada's oceans
AuthorDavis, Reade, 1974-
DescriptionThesis (Ph.D.)--Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2009. Anthropology
Paginationxii, 462 leaves : maps
SubjectEnvironmental policy--Canada--History--20th century; Fishery management--Political aspects--Canada; Marine resources development--Law and legislation--Canada; Sustainable development--Law and legislation--Canada;
Degree GrantorMemorial University of Newfoundland. Dept. of Anthropology
Spatial CoverageCanada
Temporal Coverage20th Century
NotesIncludes bibliographical references (leaves 394-462)
AbstractThe early 1990s brought sweeping changes to the ways in which uses of the ocean are governed in Canada. At that time, the federal government signalled its intention to move away from the highly centralized fisheries management regime that it had employed in the past. In its place, there emerged a comprehensive new ocean management regime that was intended to encourage the development of other ocean industries and bring Canada's domestic legislation into conformity with policy discourses that had become institutionalized through the Rio Earth Summit and subsequent UN conferences. Most prominent among these are: "sustainable development, " "the ecosystem approach" and an emphasis on the active participation of "civil society" in environmental management. This dissertation explores the ways in which this new policy approach has been engaged with and, in some cases, contested by variously positioned actors in eastern Newfoundland. I argue that what are ostensibly global managerial discourses are being reshaped within particular localities in support of very different, and often incommensurable, agendas. This suggests that ocean planning is not a value-neutral enterprise, but a politically charged conversation, the outcome of which will have significant and lasting ramifications for those living and working along the coast.
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SourcePaper copy kept in the Centre for Newfoundland Studies, Memorial University Libraries
Local Identifiera3241866
RightsThe author retains copyright ownership and moral rights in this thesis. Neither the thesis nor substantial extracts from it may be printed or otherwise reproduced without the author's permission.
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