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Subject/Keyword
Alberta
Visual
Tar Sands
Fort McMurray
Oil
Oil Sands
Youth
Photography
Collaboration
Community
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Lozowy, Andriko J
Supervisor and department
Shields, Rob (Sociology)
Examining committee member and department
Siemens, Elena (Modern Languages and Cultural Studies)
Dorow, Sara (Sociology)
Szeman, Imre (English and Film Studies)
Shields, Rob (Sociology)
Department
Department of Sociology
Specialization

Date accepted
2013-07-17T15:36:39Z
Graduation date
2013-11
Degree
Doctor of Philosophy
Degree level
Doctoral
Abstract
This thesis is a multi-modal exploration of the photographer-researcher as a methodological opportunity to gain multiple, collaborative and collective perspectives on living in relation to the Alberta oil sands zone of North America. Using participatory-photography with youth, this thesis is one part of a larger project that explores notions of ‘community building’ in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. Through the camera lenses of the photographer-researcher (myself), and youth-participants this place is seen in relation to the Athabasca Tar Sands and oil industry landscapes in the practices of photographers such as Burtynsky, Essik, Lenz and myself. Fieldwork was conducted relying on cameras and images from my photographic practice and from participants that collaborated in a community-based process to produce representations of place over two years (2009-2011, whereisfortmcmurray.com). As a form of visual ethnography, youth were asked to respond to the question ‘Where is Fort McMurray?’ with cameras, a process that generated temporary community formations around practices of image making. This thesis represents a series of collaborative and negotiated engagements from a number of perspectives resulting in a collective body of work in dialogue with relationships of people and the Alberta oil industry zones.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3469K
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Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of these terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis and, except as herein before provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
Citation for previous publication
Patchett, Lozowy. 2012. Reframing the Canadian Oil Sands. Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies. 3(2).Lozowy, Shields, Dorow. 2013. Where is Fort McMurray? The Camera as a Tool for Assembling Community. Canadian Journal of Sociology. 38(2).Lozowy, Shields. Forthcoming. Mashup: New Representations of the City. Theory Culture & Society. (Megacities Issue).Lozowy. 2012. Megahaulers. Sage Encyclopedia of Consumption and Waste. Zimring (Ed.). Sage Publications.

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