Presentation Title

From Cows to Cabins: The Commodification of Ranches

Format of Presentation

Poster to be presented Friday March 31, 2017

Abstract

There are different stages of commodification in terms of policy related to ranches. The objective of this poster is to show how the ranch industry is important in British Columbia, how it is changing, and how there are various stages to the commodification process. The scope involved examining broad/global examples and applying them to the specific topic of ranches in the Thompson Nicola Regional District. The methods of this poster were mainly literature review, (in particular, the examination of three peer-reviewed articles related to rural geography) and an analysis of ranch websites. The poster displays statistics on the ranch industry in BC and outlines degrees and scales of commodification. The main goal was to apply the scales of commodification to specific TNRD ranches, by reviewing their webpages and histories. The poster also touches on the topic of technology in tourism and speculates that there could be issues arising from too much technology being used in the future of ranches, and that there should be a bottom-up approach in further planning. The principle conclusion is that the ranch industry is important, changing, and varied in degrees of commodification.

Department

Geography and Environmental Studies

Faculty Advisor

Tom Waldichuk

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From Cows to Cabins: The Commodification of Ranches

There are different stages of commodification in terms of policy related to ranches. The objective of this poster is to show how the ranch industry is important in British Columbia, how it is changing, and how there are various stages to the commodification process. The scope involved examining broad/global examples and applying them to the specific topic of ranches in the Thompson Nicola Regional District. The methods of this poster were mainly literature review, (in particular, the examination of three peer-reviewed articles related to rural geography) and an analysis of ranch websites. The poster displays statistics on the ranch industry in BC and outlines degrees and scales of commodification. The main goal was to apply the scales of commodification to specific TNRD ranches, by reviewing their webpages and histories. The poster also touches on the topic of technology in tourism and speculates that there could be issues arising from too much technology being used in the future of ranches, and that there should be a bottom-up approach in further planning. The principle conclusion is that the ranch industry is important, changing, and varied in degrees of commodification.