Book ID: CBB178514363

Producing Predators: Wolves, Work, and Conquest in the Northern Rockies (2016)


Wise, Michael (Author)

University of Nebraska Press

Publication Date: 2016
Physical Details: 210
Language: English

In Producing Predators, Michael D. Wise argues that contestations between Native and non-Native people over hunting, labor, and the livestock industry drove the development of predator eradication programs in Montana and Alberta from the 1880s onward. The history of these anti-predator programs was significant not only for their ecological effects, but also for their enduring cultural legacies of colonialism in the Northern Rockies. By targeting wolves and other wild carnivores for extermination, cattle ranchers disavowed the predatory labor of raising domestic animals for slaughter, representing it instead as productive work. Meanwhile, federal agencies sought to purge the Blackfoot, Salish-Kootenai, and other indigenous peoples of their so-called predatory behaviors through campaigns of assimilation and citizenship that forcefully privatized tribal land and criminalized hunting and its related ritual practices. Despite these colonial pressures, Native communities resisted and negotiated the terms of their dispossession by representing their own patterns of work, food, and livelihood as productive. By exploring predation and production as fluid cultural logics for valuing labor, rather than just a set of biological processes, Producing Predators offers a new perspective on the history of the American West and the modern history of colonialism more broadly.

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Review Julie Courtwright (2017) Review of "Producing Predators: Wolves, Work, and Conquest in the Northern Rockies". American Historical Review (pp. 1628-1629). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Barrow, Mark V., Jr.
Flores, Dan L.
Soll, David
Thorpe, Jocelyn
Calvert, Scout
Frank, Jerry J.
Archives of Natural History
Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies
Science as Culture
Environment and History
University Press of Kansas
University of Chicago Press
UBC Press
Harvard University Press
Cambridge University Press
University of Oklahoma Press
Extinction (biology)
Hunting; trapping
Environmental history
American Indians; Native Americans; First Nations of the Americas
Temminck, Coenraad Jacob
Siebold, Philipp Franz von
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
18th century
21st century
20th century, early
17th century
United States
Great Plains (North America)
North America
Pennsylvania (U.S.)
Great Britain

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