Capital and Labour in the British Columbia Forest Industry, 1934-74

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UBC Press, Nov 1, 2011 - History - 272 pages
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The history of British Columbia's economy in the twentieth century is inextricably bound to the development of the forest industry. In this comprehensive study, Gordon Hak approaches the forest industry from the perspectives of workers and employers, examining the two main sets of institutions that structured the relationship during the Fordist era: the companies and the unions.

Drawing on theories of the labour process, Fordism, and discursive subjectivity, Hak relates daily routines of production and profit-making to broader forces of unionism, business ideology, ecological protest, technological change, and corporate concentration. The struggle of the small-business sector to survive in the face of corporate growth, the history of the industry on the Coast and in the Interior, the transformations in capital-labour relations during the period, government forest policy, and the forest industry's encounter with the emerging environmental movement are all considered in this eloquent analysis.

With its critical historical perspective, Capital and Labour in the British Columbia Forest Industry will be essential reading for anyone interested in the business, natural resource, political, social, and labour history of the province.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Companies Markets and Production Facilities
15
2 The State Sustained Yield and Small Operators
42
3 Establishing Unions
67
4 Union Politics
95
5 The Daily Grind
124
6 Technology
145
7 Companies and Unions Meet the Environmental Movement
168
Conclusion
188
Notes
194
Bibliography
235
Index
250
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Gordon Hak is a member of the History Department at Malaspina University-College.

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