“Modern, Traditional or Moditional?: An Historian on the Interplay between Capitalist and Aboriginal Economies”

Dr. John Sutton Lutz (Dept. of History, UVic)

Tuesday, March 29th, 7:30 – 9:00 pm at Solstice Cafe (529 Pandora Avenue)

Admission is $4 for Wayward School members ($8 non-members)

The expansion of capitalism into British Columbia did not involve the destruction of the indigenous economies; rather, the expansion of capitalism depended here, as it often does in the colonial world, on the co-existence of the two economies and a partial integration of the new economy into the old. Such economies, have often been thought of as a “hybrid” — caught somewhere between a pure “traditional” economy and a pure “modern” or “capitalist” economy. Using examples from British Columbia, I would like to think out-loud about the nature of this economy: a novel, distinctive, creation – as flexible and responsive to change as capitalism and welfare capitalism, and as persistent. This economy has yet to be named, and without a name we have not been able to clearly speak of it or, indeed, even clearly “see it.” And when we do – we may see ourselves in it.

John LutzLecturer Bio:

John Lutz has a bachelor’s degree in Economics but frustrated by the “Ceteris Paribus” (everything else remaining the same) simplifications of the discipline, pursued a PHD in History. Now he teaches at the University of Victoria where he also researches on the history of settler-indigenous relations. He is the author of Makuk: A New History of Aboriginal White Relations and the director/curator of several websites including Victoria’s Victoria, and Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History.

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