Workers and the Wild
Conservation, Consumerism, and Labor in Oregon, 1910-30
By (author) Lawrence M. Lipin
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Workers and the Wild by Lawrence M. Lipin
Book DescriptionIn an innovative blend of environmental and labour history, "Workers and the Wild" examines the changing terms on which battles over the proper use of nature were fought in the early twentieth century. Focusing on Oregon in the 1910s and 1920s, Lawrence M. Lipin traces labour's shift in thinking about natural resources. They began with the 'producerist' idea that resources and land, both rural and urban, should be put to productive use, and that those who do are most entitled to access to them. They later shifted to a 'consumerist' view under which resources should be available for public and recreational use. While labour was initially resistant to the elitism of protected nature preserves, working-class views changed as automobiles became more affordable, and gained increased access to national parks, forests, and beaches. They subsequently accepted the preservation of nature for recreation, and even began to pressure state agencies to provide more outdoor opportunities. While fish and game commissioners responded with ever more intensive hatchery operations, wildlife advocates began a push for designated "wilderness" areas. In these and other ways, the labour movement's shifting relationship to nature reveals the complicated development of wildlife policy and its own battles with consumerism.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780252073700
(228mm x 161mm x 18mm)
Imprint: University of Illinois Press
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publish Date: 19-Mar-2007
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Lawrence M. Lipin
Lawrence M. Lipin is a professor of history at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon.
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