By Warren Magnusson, Karena Shaw
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Extra resources for A Political Space: Reading the Global through Clayoquot Sound
Environmentalists see the region in a different way, one that emphasizes its connections with the larger temperate rain forest on the west coast of North America—and draws attention to the threats implicit in ongoing logging. But neither the environmentalists nor the government are able to represent the area in a way that seems adequate to the Nuuchah-nulth, for whom it is part of their national territory. See Black (1999), as well as note 10. 4. Forestry is a huge industry in British Columbia, and forestry practices have long been controversial.
The community was seeking to challenge a narrative about its future that seemed inevitable to most observers and many participants: that the Sound would be clearcut logged by large multinational logging corporations (as much of the rest of Vancouver Island had been); that the profits from this logging would flow to the urban headquarters of these corporations; and that the local inhabitants—Nuu-chah-nulth and non-Natives—would be left to carry on Encountering Clayoquot • 27 with their local affairs, coping with whatever impacts (positive or negative) the logging had on their livelihoods.
There is a constant, weary struggle to keep things from slipping “backwards” into familiar narratives, and a much more tenuous and difficult-to-grasp sense of what the alternative might be. Both parts of this equation—the disruption of familiar assumptions and terrains of politics and the struggle to articulate different futures from those we have inherited—pose crucial challenges to all who are interested in politics, whether as students and teachers of politics, as activists, or as citizens. It is in this sense that I see Clayoquot as a microcosm of politics: the particularities of Clayoquot may be unique, but the underlying tensions—the questions and problems at stake there—are not.
A Political Space: Reading the Global through Clayoquot Sound by Warren Magnusson, Karena Shaw