The Power of Stories in the South Moresby Controversy: A Narrative Network Analysis

Vlachos, Alexandra (2017). The Power of Stories in the South Moresby Controversy: A Narrative Network Analysis. In: Vaz, Estelita; Joanaz de Melo, Cristina; Costa Pinto, Lígia M. (eds.) Environmental History in the Making. 1: Explaining. Environmental History: Vol. 6 (pp. 31-47). Cham, Switzerland: Springer 10.1007/978-3-319-41085-2_3

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From 1974 to 1993 a fi erce forestry confl ict evolved on the remote
archipelago of Haida Gwaii, Canada. The South Moresby controversy (SMC) over
ownership, use, and management of the temperate rainforests arose between the
Haida First Nation, the provincial and federal governments, the forest industry,
local residents, and environmentalists. Beside a novel agreement over protecting
the area as National Park and Haida Heritage Site in 1993 (leaving open the legal
dispute over title and landownership), the SMC produced a rich collection of stories,
arguments, statements, and memories that combined into a powerful narrative-
network. While political strategy and historical events plaid a prominent role,
they have been well analyzed elsewhere. This paper focuses on the role of stories
in the narrative- network of the SMC from the perspective of environmental history.
According to narrative-network analysis stories fi gure as actors themselves,
and their power, connections and impacts are investigated. In particular, stories
connect human and non- human actors in the network, generate collective identity, and trigger action; leading to acts of resistance, protests, and political

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06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of History and Archaeology > Institute of History > Economic, Social and Environmental History

UniBE Contributor:

Vlachos, Alexandra


500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology




Environmental History






Alexandra Vlachos

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19 Feb 2021 11:34

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