Green Gold: The Forest Industry in British Columbia

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Acknowledgments

The sample survey was conducted by a team of interviewers whose assistance I gratefully acknowledge. The chief assistants were Clinton Hilliard, Maureen Skuce, Duncan Kent, and Rory Tennant, all of whom worked with me for varying periods of time between the beginning of the interviewing period in 1977 and the completion of that phase in 1978. Clinton Hilliard continued to work on coding and data processing throughout 1979, and to him I owe particular thanks. Other assistants for short periods were Rolf Brulhart and Frank Ho. As well, my colleague, Neil Guppy, has been most helpful in assisting me with computer processing.

Interviewers were also employed in the towns, and I wish to thank them for their conscientious work. They are: Celine Fernstrom, Charles Brucker, Janice Laird, Louise Hinthorne, Denise Roseborough, Sandy Carlson, Wendy Stewart, Larry Hafichuk, Maureen Palahicky, Meher Singh Rahi, and Tex Texiera. To all of these assistants I most sincerely express my appreciation.

The Social Science and Humanities Research Council provided the funding for this project, and, as well, took an active and supportive interest in its development. I am most grateful to its officers and to those colleagues who undertook initial assessments of the proposal for their constructive advice and continuing intellectual aid.

Also, I am grateful to the University of British Columbia for supplementary financial aid, for facilities, and for clerical help. I conducted the sample survey section of the study while I was on sabbatical leave from the university, and I am pleased to have had the opportunity to proceed. Jane Fredeman, senior editor at the University of B.C. Press, and Brad Breems, copy editor, have been most helpful and I appreciate their careful attention to the manuscript.

It cannot go without saying, though it will be obvious to readers, that my greatest debt is to the respondents who granted interviews and completed questionnaires for the survey, and to the large number of individuals who, in their official capacities as industry personnel, union officers, members of the legislature, professional foresters, and interest-group spokespersons, helped me in many ways to obtain information about the industry.

I cannot thank by name the majority of these persons because confidentiality was guaranteed to survey respondents. When individuals were interviewed

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Table of contents

  • Title Page v
  • Contents vii
  • Tables ix
  • Preface xv
  • Acknowledgments xix
  • Part One- Capital xxi
  • 1- A Staples Economy 1
  • 2- History of a Resource Industry 29
  • 3- "Partners with Industry" 55
  • 4- The Structure of the Industry 82
  • Part Two- Labour 113
  • 5- Class and Human Capital 115
  • 6- Markets, Technology, and Employment 156
  • 7- Patterns of Employment and Unemployment 181
  • 8- Employment Conditions for Women in Resource Towns 213
  • 9- Job Control, Security, and Satisfaction 249
  • 10- Job Control and Ideology 269
  • Part Three- Communities 301
  • 11- The Instant Town 303
  • 12- At the End of the Forest 323
  • 13- Policies for Change 348
  • Appendix A- Methodology and Samples 381
  • Appendix B- Tables Accompanying Chapter 9- Job Control, Security, and Satisfaction 389
  • Appendix C- Tables Accompanying Chapter 10- Ideology 399
  • Bibliography 416
  • Index 437
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