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“Four Guys and a Hole in the Floor”: Racial Politics of Mobility and Excretion among BC-Based Long Haul Truckers

Amie McLean

Keywords: automobility; Canada; excretion; gender; inequality; labor; race; trucking


In this article, I map out the foundational context and procedural dynamics

through which the normative status of the white male trucker is achieved and

maintained in the British Columbia-based long haul trucking industry. I pay

particular attention to the dehumanizing racism and masculine subordination

directed toward South Asian truckers. Drawing on ethnographic data, I socially

and historically situate these dynamics in relation to Canadian national

mythologies, practices of nation building, and the neoliberal organization of

trucking labor. To provide a richly detailed analysis of precisely how these narrative

dynamics shape hierarchies of race and mobility in the industry, I examine

a pervasive, racializing story among white truckers concerning workplace

politics and practices of excretion.

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