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Knock on Wood
Nature as Commodity in Douglas-Fir Country

ISBN 9780415944021
Published December 4, 2004 by Routledge
272 Pages 31 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Scott Prudham investigates 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. Prudham employs a political economic approach to explain the social and economic conflicts arising from the timber industry's presence in the region. As well, he provides a thorough accounting of the timber industry itself, tracing its motivations, practices, and labor relations.



Scott Prudham is an assistant professor in the geography department at the University of Toronto.


"This book arrived on my desk two days after the U.S. Senate voted down, yet again, legislation that would have begun the process of finally dealing with climate change, albeit in a tiny, timid way. I wish that every member of that chamber could be forced to read this book--to realize that global warming is not some distant threat, but a very present reality. It is a powerful document of witness." -- Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature