Cover

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Frontmatter

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Contents

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pp. 6-7

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Preface

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pp. 8-11

This book invites the reader to explore contemporary politics through a par-ticular site. That site, Clayoquot Sound, appears to be at the periphery of con-temporary power and authority and thus to be marginal to the study of poli-tics. We argue that this appearance is an effect of particular assumptions,assumptions that need to be challenged. Clayoquot (pronounced Cl?k-wot )...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 12-15

The Clayoquot Project was seeded by funding from Research Grant No.410-94-0575 from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council ofCanada (SSHRC). We are grateful to the SSHRC for its contribution not onlyto this project, but to other research in the humanities and social sciencesin Canada. In recent years, SSHRC has been virtually the only source of...

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Introduction: The Puzzle of the Political

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pp. 16-35

If ours is a time of ?globalization,? then the politics of Clayoquot Sound isparadigmatic. It is not really that the politics of Clayoquot (or other suchplaces) involves a movement from the local to the global, or even the otherway around, despite what so many contemporary commentators suggest.Rather, the politics of places such as Clayoquot puts traditional distinctions...

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Mapping Clayoquot Sound

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pp. 36-39

There are various ways of locating or ?mapping? Clayoquot Sound. The fol-lowing maps are the ones that were included in the 1999 proposal to estab-Readers unfamiliar with the area should note the size and location ofVancouver Island, as indicated in Figure 1. The only well-settled part of theisland is on the east coast: from Victoria, past Nanaimo, to a point about...

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Encountering Clayoquot, Reading the Political

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pp. 40-81

I first arrived in Tofino?the main non-Native village in Clayoquot Sound?for a three-week visit on December 20, 1988. Just getting to Clayoquot Soundwas a striking experience: a two-hour ferry ride from Vancouver to Van-couver Island, then a three-hour drive over rugged mountains, with not somuch as a house or gas station for the last hour or so. At the end of the road...

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There Must Be Some Way Out of Here: Strategy, Ethics, and Environmental Politics

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pp. 82-105

During the summer of 1993, the struggle over Clayoquot Sound first cameinto focus on a day that attracted international attention and launcheda remarkable summer of protest. The musical celebrities and political ac-tivists of Midnight Oil gave a concert that drew five thousand people to theremote protest site (Ingram 1994). It turned out to be one of only three days...

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On the Political Economy of Clayoquot Sound: The Uneasy Transition from Extractive to Attractive Models of Development

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pp. 106-127

In surveying the political economy of Vancouver Island, many of the cur-rent conflicts in global capitalism can be read from traces they leave in thelives of the particular individuals who live on Clayoquot Sound. During the1970s, Maureen Fraser, a burned-out social worker from Ontario, came tothe Sound on a trip to enjoy the newly created Pacific Rim National Park....

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Commentary: On the Universal and the Particular: Sovereignty and the Urban Global

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pp. 128-135

Chaloupka and Luke both discuss the particularities of Clayoquot in rela-tion to certain universals: in Chaloupka?s case, the particularities of strategiccalculation in relation to the universals of environmentalist ethics, and, inLuke?s case, the particularities of the Clayoquot region in relation to the uni-versals of a postindustrial global economy. In this commentary, I want to...

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Somewhere between Center and Territory: Exploring a Nodal Site in the Struggle against Vertical Authority and Horizontal Flows

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pp. 136-153

When I was a teenager, my father and I used to go fishing a lot, weekendsusually, exploring different rivers, lakes, and inlets of southern and centralBritish Columbia. On one trip, in the mid-1960s, we were trolling for salmonoff Vancouver Island, well north of Clayoquot Sound. As we puttered alongin our small rented boat, a large ship appeared on the horizon, looming...

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Between the Local and the Global: Clayoquot Sound and Simulacral Politics

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pp. 154-183

...ment wharf in Port Alberni, waiting for my father?s ship to dock. Iam eight years old; my father is hydrographer-in-charge on boardsurvey trip of the BC coast. The smell of the pulp mill is everywhere,Snapshot 2 (1979). My ?kissing cousin? Paul and I are on the rocksat Long Beach. He is wearing a leather jacket; I am wearing (and...

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Commentary: Clayoquot and the Cultures of Nature

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pp. 184-193

I cannot write about Clayoquot with Sandilands?s or M?Gonigle?s passionabout home. Neither can I see myself occupying a place in the imagined na-tion forests evoke?not in the American sublime of Catskills pine trees andCalifornia redwoods, nor in blood-drenched German myths of the woods.I am just an urban visitor to the forests, a sometime traveler to ?natural...

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The Environment of Sovereignty

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pp. 194-213

On April 21, 1984, the Clayoquot Band Council and the Hereditary Chiefsof the Clayoquot Band declared Meares Island a ?tribal park,? claiming ?title?to the land, insisting that visitors ?adhere to the Laws of our Forefathers;which were always there? (CD II/A/1). The Tla-o-qui-aht1 issued this tribalpark declaration in response to plans by MacMillan Bloedel (MB) to log...

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Commentary. Discourses in and about Clayoquot Sound: A First Nations Perspective

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pp. 214-223

Among traditionally oriented Nuu-chah-nulth, discourses about begin-nings and about the nature of all relationships are heard from the time of aperson?s birth. These discourses explain, among other things, the origins of,and relationships between, the diversity of life-forms found in ClayoquotThe following is one such story told in the house of Keesta. Keesta...

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Clearcut Identities: Tracking Shape-shifters in Clayoquot Sound

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pp. 224-251

Clayoquot provides access to many of the dynamics?historical, cultural,epistemological, symbolic?of global transformation. As Umeek suggests,these dynamics?the ?shape-shifting? that he identifies with the Transform-er?have been profoundly affected by the practices of colonialism. This isFrom the days of John Locke and Gilbert Sproat onward, science has...

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They Seek It Here, They Seek It There: Locating the Political in Clayoquot Sound

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pp. 252-277

There are many ways of making sense of events articulated in relation to asite identified as Clayoquot Sound, many ways of interpreting the multiplestruggles and contentions centered on the logging practices rapidly erasingone of the world?s last remaining temperate rainforests. These events haveprovoked considerable commentary and analysis; so much so, in fact, that...

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Conclusion: Clayoquot and the Politics Beyond

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pp. 278-301

We began this book with a series of claims: that we could read the globalthrough the local at Clayoquot, that such a reading would disrupt assump-tions about the political, and that the method we have used could beapplied productively to other sites. Have we proven any of these claims?In this Conclusion, we propose to do two things. The first is to tease...

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Research Guide: The Clayoquot Documents and the Clayoquot Project Web Site

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pp. 302-309

Below are some resources to facilitate research into the events at ClayoquotSound and beyond. The Clayoquot Documents were provided to all of thosewho attended the International Workshop on the Politics of ClayoquotSound in May 1997, and thus contain virtually all of the primary documentscontributors used to write the essays contained in this book. They are...

Contributors

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pp. 310-313

Index

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pp. 314-321