Author

Anne Miller

Date of Award

6-1996

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Anthropology

Supervisor

Professor David Counts

Abstract

This thesis examines the process by which three generations of women living on Northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia construct the collective identity labels north island woman, pioneer, oldtimer and newcomer. The label north island women is a composite of pioneer, oldtimer and newcomer labels. The meanings which north island women attached to these labels in their life stories reveal core attributes that constitute self and group identity. A sense of place and connection with in-migrating groups of women are central elements in the construction of self and group identity by these women. This thesis draws attention to the importance of viewing collective identity labels as a significant cultural element in understanding how women construct self and group identity.

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