Environmentalism, Ethical Trade, and Commodification: Technologies of Value and the Forest Stewardship Council in Chile, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Environmentalism, Ethical Trade, and Commodification

Technologies of Value and the Forest Stewardship Council in Chile, 1st Edition

By Adam Henne


156 pages

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This book explores the global connections between Chilean landscapes and Northern consumers embodied by the Forest Stewardship Council logo, the green seal of approval for certified sustainably-produced "good wood." How do we decide what makes good forestry? What knowledges and values are expressed or silenced when "good" is defined with a market mechanism like certification? Henne's ethnographic study documents the new forms of labor and the new expectations about sustainability and responsibility that certification generates, in the context of the competing ideas about how to manage a forest – or even what a forest is – that constitute forest certification in Chile. A critical analysis of certification’s practices helps understand the role of ethical trade initiatives in creating sustainable, survivable global futures.

Table of Contents

Preface: Knowledge and Nature 1. Introduction: Good Wood 2. Making Wood and Making Persons 3. Putting Knowledge to Work 4. Green Lungs 5. Certification and the Politics of Scale 6. Conclusion

About the Author

Adam Henne is Assistant Professor of International Studies & Anthropology at the University of Wyoming.

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Routledge Studies in Anthropology

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries