Instituting Nature: Authority, Expertise, and Power in Mexican Forests (Politics, Science, and the Environment)
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Moving from government offices in Mexico City to forests in the state of Oaxaca, Mathews describes how the science of forestry and bureaucratic practices came to Oaxaca in the 1930s and how local environmental and political contexts set the stage for local resistance. He tells how the indigenous Zapotec people learned the theory and practice of industrial forestry as employees and then put these skills to use when they become the owners and managers of the area's pine forests -- eventually incorporating forestry into their successful claims for autonomy from the state. Mathews charts the performances, collusions, complicities, and evasions that characterize the forestry bureaucracy. He shows that the authority o
In this superb analysis, Andrew S. (Nora HaennHuman Ecology)In this fascinating book, Andrew Mathews studies, with much great detail and in great depth, the ways in which Mexico dealt with the protection and management of forests in the twentieth century, particularly between 1926 and 2001. Moreover, it does so in a clear, scholarly, and empirically strong way. Oaxaca offers residents, travelers, and scientists a kaleidoscope of ecological diversity -- from the colorful traje (clothing) of ethnic groups to multitudinousplant and animal life expressed in the various species of maize and the complex range from alpine to tropical forests. (Camilo QuinteroISIS)Andrew Mathews has produced an engaging and theoretically rich text that spans disciplines and draws important conclusions about our understandings of knowledge, nature, and the modern state." (Alexander J. Beezley, Professor of History, University of Arizona)In
. Andrew S. Mathews is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz