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Gismondi, M.
Davidson, D.J.
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History
Oil sands
Suncor Inc.
Photographs
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Language
English
Place
Canada, Alberta
Time
1880/1967
Description
For much of the history of Alberta’s tar sands, a series of visual conventions have shaped Canadian imaginaries of the resource, the emergence of the non-conventional oil industry, and the mining of oil. We introduce a series of archival images dating from 1880 until the opening of Great Canadian Oil Sands (Suncor) in 1967, to analyze how visual representations were used to justify government and public support for bitumen mining and refining, to legitimate state research into the separation of oil from the sands, and to ideologically sustain public funding of the development of this unique Canadian resource industry. We conclude that many elements of these early positive normative conceptual frameworks remain in play today, used by corporate and government meaning–makers to blunt contemporary critiques by the public of social and ecological tradeoffs, and ultimately to legitimate Alberta and Canada’s pursuit of nonconventional oil as an acceptable energy future.
Date created
2012
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doi:10.7939/R37659J2V
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Gismondi, Mike and Debra J. Davidson. (2012). Imagining the tar sands 1880-1967 and beyond. Imaginations, 3(2), 70-103.
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