Anatomy of a Conflict: Identity, Knowledge, and Emotion in Old-growth Forests

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UBC Press, 2002 - 198 pagini
Anatomy of a Conflict explores the cultural aspects of the fiercedispute between activist loggers and environmentalists over the fate ofOregon’s temperate rain forest. Centred on the practice ofold-growth logging and the survival of the northern spotted owl, theconflict has lead to the burning down of ranger stations, the spikingof trees, logging truck blockades, and countless demonstrations andarrests. Satterfield shows how the debate about the forest is, at itscore, a debate about the cultural make-up of the Pacific Northwest. Totalk about forests is to talk about culture, whether the discussion isabout scientific explanations of conifer forests, activists’grassroots status and their emotional attachment to land, or theimplications of past people’s land use for future forestmanagement. An engaging ethnographic study, this book emphasizes thehistorical roots and contemporary emergence of identity movements as ameans for challenging cultural patterns. It makes a significantcontribution to culture- and identity-driven theories of human actionin the context of social movements and environmental studies.

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Public Lands Forest Health and Activist Histories
Disturbances in the field and the Defining of Social Movements
Negotiating Agency and the Quest for Grassroots Legitimacy
Voodoo Science and Common Sense
Defining the Past and Imagining the Possible
Emotions Ethics and the Ecocentred Self
The Triangular Shape of Cultural Production
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Terre Satterfield is a research scientist with Decision Research in Eugene, Oregon, and Assistant Professor of Culture, Risk, and the Environment at the University of British Columbia's Sustainable Development Research Institute, and at the Institute for Resources and the Environment.

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