Moved by the State: Forced Relocation and Making a Good Life in Postwar Canada
Published by: UBC Press
Imprint: UBC Press
Sales Date: 2019-06-01
Published: June 2019
296 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in, 20 b&w photos, 12 maps, 2 tables
ISBN: 9780774861021Add to Wishlist
“Why don’t they just move?” This reductive question is asked whenever reports surface of the all-too-common lack of social services and economic opportunities in Canada’s rural and urban communities. But why are certain people and places vulnerable? And who is responsible for a remedy?
From the 1950s to the 1970s, the Canadian government relocated people, often against their will, in order to improve their lives. Moved by the State offers a completely new interpretation of this undertaking, seeing it as part of a larger project of development and focusing on the bureaucrats and academics who designed, implemented, and monitored the relocations rather than on those who were uprooted.
In this finely crafted history, Tina Loo explores the contradiction between intention and consequence as diverse communities across Canada were resettled. In the process, she reveals the optimistic belief underpinning postwar relocations: the power of the interventionist state to do good.
1 “No More Canadians Will Starve!”: Development, Discipline, and Decolonizing the North
2 “The Governmentality Game”: Problematizing, Resettling, and Democratizing Newfoundland
3 “Artisans of Their Destiny”: Participation, Power, and Place in Quebec’s Backcountry
4 “Deviating from the Strict Letter of the Law”: Race, Poverty, and Planning in Postwar Halifax
5 “A Fourth Level of Government”? Urban Renewal, State Power, and Democracy in Vancouver’s East Side
Notes; Bibliography; Index
…the book is thought-provoking and will inspire discussion among those looking to Canadian social and political challenges of the past, as well as those considering them in the future. C. J. Taylor, Parks Canada, Prairie History
- Best Book in Political History, Canadian Historical Association
- Best Scholarly Book in Canadian History, Canadian Historical Association
- J.W. Dafoe Book Prize, J.W. Dafoe Foundation