Knock on Wood: Nature as Commodity in Douglas-Fir Country

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David Correia. These This volume is readable, entertaining, and conceptual issues are lightly developed relative thought-provoking throughout, although its to the extensive description of the ritual use and thirteen chapters are arranged in a haphazard effects of peyote. Eric Perramond presents an fashion all too common in edited volumes. Its are typically descriptive accounts of processes inhabitants have become entangled in drug traf- that happen to take place in territories inhabited ficking rather than production and suffer from by indigenes.

Efforts to synthesize or theorize indiscriminate police actions by authorities on common elements of the diverse indigenous both sides. Kenneth Young laments that most landscapes presented here are scarce. Indeed, scholarly work on tropical deforestation ignores the essential themes covered repeatedly and drug crops despite the fact that their cultivation most effectively in this collection are only indi- generates considerable changes in land cover.

That his agenda raises more questions than the chapter proposal is halfheartedly developed in the in- itself answers, it provides valuable direction for troduction, and never mentioned again in the future research in this arena. They focus on co-editors.

Nonetheless, the disparate work its emergence as a cash crop and the consider- collected in this volume amounts to a produc- able deforestation resulting from its growing tive first harvest in a fertile and innovative exchange.

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Because kava faces no legal control research area. It is an ambitious project unique among the psychoactive substances demanding timely, difficult, and even danger- covered here this chapter seems conceptually ous fieldwork.

Knock on Wood Nature as Commodity in Douglas Fir Country

The editors have issued and geographically isolated. Although prohibition. Scott Prudham. What is missing from his and pp. Considering the importance of the Reviewed by David Correia, Department of issues raised here and not just for indigenous Geography, University of Kentucky, Lexing- peoples , it is insufficient to merely conclude ton, KY. Hobbs briefly mentions crop substitution This book offers a critical and forceful anal- programs, subsidies, and eco-tourism, yet these ysis of the ecological degradation of extractive are limited measures that fail to account for timber production in the Pacific Northwest.

By considerable opportunity costs faced by peasant focusing on the ecological dimension of eco- farmers abandoning drug crops. Why is there nomic restructuring in the forestry sector in the no mention of legalization or any exploration of Pacific Northwest, Prudham provides an ana- its potentially momentous effects? Yet, rather because both have appeared previously in print. The result is Prudham Here Prudham considers an illustration of the explanatory capacity of a efforts to subordinate biophysical nature to reworked agrarian political economy to explain the dictates of capital accumulation by improv- how the trajectory of production processes and ing tree stocks as a means to accommodate the industry restructuring not only responds to the shift from timber extraction to cultivation.

Each of the six chapters yield to actually sustain yield, but rather in the seeks to evaluate the role of economic restruc- fact that the environmental opposition to sus- turing and the ramifications of the uses of nature tained yield that emerged in Oregon paid little and labor in capitalist development. In Chapter attention to the massive social costs of timber 1, Prudham attends to the material transforma- extraction.

Specifically, Prud- to conserve and reproduce? In Chapter 2, Prudham takes disregards rural livelihoods, state-directed up the fiction of labor as a commodity and the science in service to capital that maintains consequences for such an arrangement to work- a false neutrality, and the problems of a geo- ers and worker health.

Prudham identifies the graphic analysis that lacks attention to the propensity for timber firms to impose contract workings of capital accumulation. In Chapter 2 Prudham draws unpredictable production, and overcome the on labor process theory to analyze the conse- place-based constraints of nature-based pro- quences of the commodification of human labor duction.

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He argues persuasively here for a res- not sure I understand his logic here. Of late, Polanyi- problems inherent to nature-based production.

Environmental emerging from capital treating nature as though Change and the Well Being of Mountain it were a commodity produced in the metabo- Peoples. Jack D. London and New lism of production. With clarity and a keen diagrams. Metz, Department of His- logical applications or genetic manipulation, as tory and Geography, Northern Kentucky a force in the production process. Ives had in of a capitalist nature. Prudham chose instead begun a project in the Himalayas explor- to focus on firm and industry efforts to disci- ing the links between upland land use and low- pline labor.

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Buy It Now. Add to cart. Scott Prudham , Paperback. Be the first to write a review About this product. About this product Product Information Knock on Woodexplores a region that has in recent years seen more environmental conflict than perhaps anywhere else in the country--the old-growth forests of the Pacific Northwest. Home to some of the highest quality timber in the world, states like Oregon are hotbeds of environmental activism, some of it very radical.

The region became famous nationally in the early during the spotted owl controversy, but that was only the top of the iceberg. In the past decade and a half, the logging industry and environmentalists have faced off in a number of intense and even violent disputes. Scott Prudham looks at the social and economic conflicts rising from the timber industry's practices, tracing its motivations, practices, and labor relations. He is equally interested, though, in the troubled relationship between nature and society. As forestry becomes ever more industrialized, the relationship between nature and the social has become increasingly complicated.

Partly as a consequence, the politicssurrounding industrialized nature have become sharper, culminating in the dramatic social movements and conflicts seen in recent years. admin