About the author: Carol Corbin received her PhD in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa in 1992. Iowa’s emphasis on the rhetorical tradition shaped her approach to textual analysis, and she continues to work in the areas of environmental communication, community development, and cultural studies in Nova Scotia. She currently analyzes the demise of the North Atlantic cod fishery and community interaction in response to massive layoffs in the fishery. Corbin is an Associate Professor of Communication at the University College of Cape Breton, Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada.2004 0-7734-6444-1
Using a wide range of texts to analyze the cultural and historical ways that nature has been symbolized, Northwest Montana’s Environmental Debates uncovers deep-rooted assumptions about human relationships with nature. At the center of these debates is the issue of logging. Citizens of northwest Montana have been split over their beliefs and values particularly in arguments over logging old growth forests. Corbin suggests that there is no “truth” about how humans should live with nature; rather there are competing social constructions of the human/nature dialectic that underpin the clashes over logging.