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Kelsey L. Boulé and Courtney W. Mason

Over the last few years there has been an increase in the popularity of sport hunting as well as heightened editorial and social media coverage of conservation stories, leading to polarizing views on hunting for wildlife management. This research project takes a critical look at the core ethical practices that are imperative to the sustainability of hunting, from the perspective of local hunters in British Columbia. A community-based participatory research (CBPR) methodology was utilized and semi-structured interviews with resident hunters and Indigenous peoples were conducted in order to integrate the opinions of these two groups whom are key stakeholders in the success of the province’s hunting economies. Themes of stereotyping, sustainability and inclusion were discovered. It is apparent through this research that the integration of their perspectives and knowledge of the land is central to the sustainability of both the hunting industry and the environment despite circulating discourses on hunters and hunting practices.

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Stephen Adams, Courtney W. Mason and Michael A. Robidoux

Ice hockey is known for its speed, skill and aggression. This paper uses an analyses of injuries in boys’ minor leagues and primary documents to examine competing discourses that surround participant safety which give meaning to broader hockey practices. We problematize a prevailing discourse that preserves the physicality of Canadian hockey and an emerging reverse discourse that prioritizes player safety. Theoretically informed by Foucault’s concepts of discourse, knowledge and power relations, we interpret the relationships between these two competing discursive streams which have created a public controversy, particularly concerning body checking, and intensified a polarizing national debate. Ultimately, we argue that these discourses impact the implementation of progressive injury prevention initiatives in minor hockey and youth sport.

Le hockey sur glace est réputé pour être rapide, technique et violent. Cet article utilise une analyse des blessures et documents de ligues mineures masculines afin d’examiner les discours qui circulent à propos de la sécurité des participants et qui sont reliés aux pratiques plus générales du sport. Nous mettons en évidence un discours dominant qui préserve la physicalité du hockey canadien et un discours contraire émergeant qui priorise la sécurité des joueurs. En nous appuyant au niveau théorique sur les concepts foucaldiens de discours, savoir et relations de pouvoir, nous interprétons les relations entre ces deux courants discursifs en compétition qui ont créé une controverse publique, particulièrement en ce qui concerne les mises en échec, et intensifié un débat national polarisé. En bout de ligne, nous avançons que ces discours influencent l’implantation d’initiatives progressistes de prévention des blessures dans le hockey mineur et le sport pour les jeunes.

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Damion L. Thomas, Courtney W. Mason, Gerald R. Gems and Russell Field