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A Political Space

Reading the Global through Clayoquot Sound

2002

Warren Magnusson and Karena Shaw, editors

A Political Space

An innovative look at the convergence of global trends and local struggles in this out-of-the-way place.

The authors develop a new way of making sense of the rapidly changing character of political life in our day, revealing the political problems and possibilities inherent in the convergence of the global and the local so dramatically enacted in Clayoquot Sound.

Contributors: Umeek of Ahousaht (E. Richard Atleo), William Chaloupka, Thom Kuehls, Timothy W. Luke, R. Michael M’Gonigle, Catriona Sandilands, Gary C. Shaw, R. B. J. Walker, Sharon Zukin.

Globalization and Community Series, volume 11

This is an impressive model that hopefully will set a precedent for other critical and critically necessary projects. A Political Space challenges political theorists to take contemporary ‘sites’ seriously. This book offers a compelling (and welcome) focus on theoretical production and methodology, which is especially relevant now as many social sciences experience an increasing emphasis on theory. A Political Space is an excellent collection, raising provocative questions and shedding important analytical light on both the politics of Clayoquot Sound, and contemporary political life in general.

Environmental and Planning D: Society and Space

On the remote outer coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Clayoquot Sound might seem to be situated at the periphery of contemporary power and authority. And yet, as the disputed land of native peoples and the contentious site of corporate logging in one of the world’s last remaining temperate rain forests, Clayoquot Sound is also squarely in the middle of global politics today. These authors develop a new way of making sense of the rapidly changing character of political life in our day, revealing the political problems and possibilities inherent in the convergence of the global and the local so dramatically enacted in Clayoquot Sound.

Contributors: Umeek of Ahousaht (E. Richard Atleo), Malaspina U College, British Columbia; William Chaloupka, U of Montana; Thom Kuehls, Weber State U; Timothy W. Luke, Virginia Polytechnic; R. Michael M’Gonigle, U of Victoria; Catriona Sandilands, York U, Toronto; Gary C. Shaw, California State U, Stanislaus; R. B. J. Walker, Keele U, UK; Sharon Zukin, Brooklyn College and CUNY.

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A Political Space

Warren Magnusson is professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria, British Columbia. Karena Shaw is a teaching fellow in the School of Politics, International Relations, and the Environment at Keele University in Staffordshire, United Kingdom.

A Political Space

This is an impressive model that hopefully will set a precedent for other critical and critically necessary projects. A Political Space challenges political theorists to take contemporary ‘sites’ seriously. This book offers a compelling (and welcome) focus on theoretical production and methodology, which is especially relevant now as many social sciences experience an increasing emphasis on theory. A Political Space is an excellent collection, raising provocative questions and shedding important analytical light on both the politics of Clayoquot Sound, and contemporary political life in general.

Environmental and Planning D: Society and Space

A Political Space succeeds admirably in providing an illuminating map to Claoquot Sound as it was and is...

Perspectives on Politics

A Political Space

Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments

Introduction: The Puzzle of the Political Warren Magnusson

Mapping Clayoquot Sound
Encountering Clayoquot, Reading the Political Karena Shaw
There Must Be Some Way Out of Here: Strategy, Ethics, and Environmental Politics William Chaloupka
On the Political Economy of Clayoquot Sound: The Uneasy Transition from Extractive to Attractive Models of Development Timothy W.Luke
Commentary. On the Universal and the Particular: Sovereignty and the Urban Global Warren Magnusson
Somewhere between Center and Territory: Exploring a Nodal Site in the Struggle against Vertical Authority and Horizontal Flows R.Michael M’Gonigle
Between the Local and the Global: Clayoquot Sound and Simulacral Politics Catriona Sandilands
Commentary: Clayoquot and the Cultures of Nature Sharon Zukin
The Environment of Sovereignty Thom Kuehls
Commentary. Discourses in and about Clayoquot Sound: A First Nations Perspective Umeek of Ahousaht (E.Richard Atleo)
Clearcut Identities: Tracking Shape-shifters in Clayoquot Sound Gary C.Shaw
They Seek It Here, They Seek It There: Locating the Political in Clayoquot Sound R.B.J.Walker

Conclusion: Clayoquot and the Politics Beyond Warren Magnusson and Karena Shaw
Research Guide: The Clayoquot Documentsand the Clayoquot Project Web Site

Contributors

Index