Island Time: The Media Logic and Ritual of Ferry Commuting on Gabriola Island, BC

Authors

  • Jaigris N Hodson York University
  • Phillip Vannini Royal Roads University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.22230/cjc.2007v32n2a1910

Keywords:

Media theory, Harold Innis

Abstract

Abstract: Drawing upon ethnographic data collected among residents of Gabriola Island, British Columbia, this article analyzes the meanings associated with the movement of the MV Quinsam—the primary means of transportation onto and off the island—and with the ritual of ferry commuting. By focusing on the logic of the ferry as a medium of communication and on the ritualistic aspects of commuting and by combining a symbolic interactionist perspective with the media theory of Harold Innis, the authors reflect on how the Gabriola Island ferry shapes islanders’ sense of time and thus experiences of lived culture. Résumé: En se servant de données ethnographiques récoltées auprès des résidents de l’Île de Gabriola en Colombie-Britannique, cet article analyse les significations rattachées au mouvement du MV Quinsam—le principal moyen de transport pour rejoindre ou quitter l’île—ainsi que celles rattachées au rituel qui consiste à faire la navette par traversier. En se concentrant sur la logique du traversier en tant que mode de communication et sur les aspects rituels associés à l’acte de faire la navette, et en combinant l’interactionnisme symbolique à la théorie médiatique de Harold Innis, les auteurs réfléchissent au rôle que joue le traversier pour les habitants de l’Île de Gabriola en ce qui a trait à leur conception du temps et à leurs expériences de la culture vécue.

Author Biographies

Jaigris N Hodson, York University

Jaigris Hodson is currently enrolled in the MA program in Communication and Culture at York University in Toronto ON

Phillip Vannini, Royal Roads University

Phillip Vannini is Assistant Professor of Communication and Culture at Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC, Canada. His publications on the body, technology, and symbolic interactionism have appeared in such journals as CTheory, Qualitative Inquiry, Critical Discourse Studies, Symbolic Interaction, Cultural Studies ßà Critical Methodologies, and Studies in Symbolic Interaction. Together with Dennis Waskul he is editor of Body/Embodiment: Symbolic Interaction and the Sociology of the Body (Ashgate, 2006).

Published

2007-06-21