Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

Taking Stands: Gender and the Sustainability of Rural Communities

Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

Taking Stands: Gender and the Sustainability of Rural Communities

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Maureen G. Reed, Taking Stands: Gender and the Sustainability of Rural Communities (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2003), xiii + 282pp. Paper. $29.95. ISBN 0-7748-1018-1.

This monograph is based on field research undertaken in the second half of the 1990s, which was funded by Forest Renewal BC. The New Democrats created this short-lived agency to recycle higher stumpage fees as a way of helping the forestry sector to readjust to its promotion of sustainable land use and forestry practices. The author, to whom the research seems to have served as a rite of passage into feminist studies, focuses on a small group of fifty people. Some of these were interviewed by Reed and her university research assistants, with the remainder interviewed by some of the initial contacts after they received training in research interview techniques. The whole process, detailed in an appendix, is termed 'interactive applied research'. It is used to tell a few of the stories of socially-excluded females living in small, resource-dependent, isolated communities, and how they adjusted to the pressures facing them, their partners and families, as well-paid forest industry work was forced to come to terms with new public sector management precepts driven by environmental concerns.

Part of the book has been worked up from reports to the funding body, while the remainder offers a contextual setting. Some chapters frame the issues affecting the group, drawing on the extensive literature about BC resource management. Other chapters discuss the research process and how this fits into feminist theory, dealing as it does with a group of females living and working in a small number of male-dominated isolated forestry and forest industry communities in the north of Vancouver Island. …

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