By Peter Clancy, Anders Sandberg
Offering case stories foresters from 1920 onwards, this article finds a wealthy culture of different and dissenting practices mixed with expert and political orthodoxies. the purpose is to demonstrate the general public and environmental demanding situations that engulf modern forestry.
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An intermediate approach combines commentary and interview transcripts. 21 We sympathize with Raphael’s aspiration for ‘a running narrative ... ’22 However, our analytical approach goes beyond the search for the human face behind the abstract forces of social life. First, through the experiences and impacts of our subjects, forestry stands revealed as a complex professional pursuit. In the chapters below, we will have much to say about the succession of Introduction ideas, principles, and practices that have guided professional foresters.
The profession has seldom in the past achieved a full consensus on many matters. It is more typically characterized by competing clusters of majority and minority views, regional geographic variations, and generational differences. It is this range of interests, agendas, and encounters that we wish to address. In the pages below, we will stress the complexity of forestry as a knowledge system. Indeed, much (though certainly not all) of the confusion and acrimony that define today’s situation has resulted from overly simple approaches that confuse separate phenomena by lumping them together.
The predicament for forestry and foresters is that its professional practices have become a lightningrod for public discontents about a far wider set of forces and problems. Ironically, however, the profession’s misperception of forestry’s political character has compounded its difficulties in responding. This study does not seek to advocate or confirm any particular perspective. Rather, we wish to explore the politics of forestry, in several different senses, and to establish that the political character of forestry is not new.
Against the Grain: Foresters and Politics in Nova Scotia by Peter Clancy, Anders Sandberg