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Latino Labour and the Changing Face of Forestry in the Pacific Northwest
Brinda Sarathy  

$85.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 1/25/2012
ISBN: 9780774821131    

$32.95 Paperback
Release Date: 7/1/2012
ISBN: 9780774821148    

208 Pages


About the Book

The exploitation of Latino workers in many industries, from agriculture and meat packing to textile manufacturing and janitorial services, is well known. By contrast, pineros -- itinerant workers who form the backbone of the forest management labour force on federal land -- toil in obscurity.

Drawing on government papers, media accounts, and interviews with federal employees and Latino forest workers in Oregon's Rogue Valley, Brinda Sarathy investigates how the federal government came to be one of the single largest employers of Latino labour in the Pacific Northwest. She documents pinero wages, working conditions, and benefits in comparison to those of white loggers and tree planters, exposing exploitation that, she argues, is the product of an ongoing history of institutionalized racism, fragmented policy, and intra-ethnic exploitation in the West. To overcome this legacy, Sarathy offers a number of proposals to improve the visibility and working conditions of pineros and to provide them with a stronger voice in immigration and forestry policy-making.

This vividly drawn account fills many gaps in our understanding of forest management in the Pacific Northwest, making clear that true environmental justice must take into account not only stewardship of forests, but also the treatment of the people who work in them.

About the Author(s)

Brinda Sarathy is an assistant professor of environmental analysis at Pitzer College in Claremont, California.

Table of Contents

1 Invisible Workers
2 Cutting and Planting
3 From Pears to Pines
4 The Marginality of Forest Workers
5 A Tale of Two Valleys
6 Conclusions
Appendix: Researching Pineros
Notes; Bibliography; Index


"This is a scholar who cares deeply about her subject, writes with passion, and has a contribution to make in achieving social and environmental justice in Oregon forests ... This is scholarship with a purpose, and the author is clear about the account’s relevance to present-day policy issues."
-- Richard Rajala, Department of History, University of Victoria

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Related Topics

Environmental Studies

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