There are many people who have helped me along the path to finishing this thesis.I would first and foremost like to express my gratitude to both of my thesis supervisorsfor the long hours they put into discussing this project with me and for their closereadings of the final material. Thanks to Professor Derek G. Smith for always pointingme in the right direction, and for always coming through at exactly the right time. Thank you to Dr. Jean-Luc Pilon for agreeing to get involved in this project, for manystimulating conversations about pilots and sawpits and for supporting the idealism thatcomes with youth. I would also like to thank all of the participants in this project whogave their time to be interviewed and who made this study possible.Thanks to all the friends I have made here at Carleton, and in particular my goodfriend Holly Thomas. I think that the students put life into the Sociology-Anthropologydepartment, and they have made my time here at Carleton that much more fun. Thanks tomy Grandmother Elizabeth Birch for being an inspiration. Finally, and most especially, Iwould like to thank my parents, Michael and Wendy Birch, for their unwavering supportof all my endeavors and whose faith in me has always allowed me to believe in myself.