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An actor‐network approach to Canadian forest research: The case of a New Brunswick policy debate

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This article foregrounds the process behind Canadian forest policy outcomes by applying actor‐network theory to a Crown land management debate in New Brunswick. Drawing on transcripts of public hearings, local media coverage, and industry and government literature, the article examines the provincial forest industry's attempt to solidify a production‐oriented Crown land policy by enrolling different groups of human and non‐human actors in its vision. It finds that alliances between industry, government, forest‐dependent communities, and the Crown forests themselves were necessary for industry's goal; however, these alliances are not guaranteed and must be actively negotiated by industry. The article ends with an assessment of actor‐network theory as measured against a political economy framework, concluding that it offers new understandings of forest debate but also carries important limitations.

Language: English

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University

Publication date: 2012-09-01

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