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Political Landscapes: Forests, Conservation, and Community in Mexico (Hardback)

Christopher R. Boyer

Edité par Duke University Press, United States, 2015
ISBN 10: 0822358182 / ISBN 13: 9780822358183
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Titre : Political Landscapes: Forests, Conservation,...

Éditeur : Duke University Press, United States

Date d'édition : 2015

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre : New

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Language: English . Brand New Book. Following the 1917 Mexican Revolution inhabitants of the states of Chihuahua and Michoacan received vast tracts of prime timberland as part of Mexico s land redistribution program. Although locals gained possession of the forests, the federal government retained management rights, which created conflict over subsequent decades among rural, often indigenous villages; government; and private timber companies about how best to manage the forests. Christopher R. Boyer examines this history in Political Landscapes, where he argues that the forests in Chihuahua and Michoacan became what he calls political landscapes -that is, geographies that become politicized by the interactions between opposing actors-through the effects of backroom deals, nepotism, and political negotiations. Understanding the historical dynamic of community forestry in Mexico is particularly critical for those interested in promoting community involvement in the use and conservation of forestlands around the world. Considering how rural and indigenous people have confronted, accepted, and modified the rationalizing projects of forest management foisted on them by a developmentalist state is crucial before community management is implemented elsewhere. N° de réf. du libraire AAJ9780822358183

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Synopsis : Following the 1917 Mexican Revolution inhabitants of the states of Chihuahua and Michoacan received vast tracts of prime timberland as part of Mexico's land redistribution program. Although locals gained possession of the forests, the federal government retained management rights, which created conflict over subsequent decades among villages--rural, often indigenous communities--government, and private timber companies about how best to manage the forests. Christopher R. Boyer examines this history in "Political Landscapes," where he argues that the forests in Chihuahua and Michoacan became what he calls "political landscapes"--or geographies that become politicized by the interactions between opposing actors--through the effects of backroom deals, nepotism and political negotiations. Understanding the historical dynamic of community forestry in Mexico is particularly critical for those interested in promoting community involvement in the use and conservation of forestlands around the world. Considering how rural and indigenous people have confronted, accepted, and modified the rationalizing projects of forest management foisted on them by a developmentalist state seems crucial before community management is implemented elsewhere.

Critique: ""Political Landscapes" is an excellently researched and meticulously documented environmental and political history of modern Mexico. Christopher R. Boyer's focus on the forests shows us a new way of writing Mexico's history from the Revolution forward. A masterful narrative, this will become a very important and influential book." --Cynthia Radding, author of"Wandering Peoples: Colonialism, Ethnic Spaces, and Ecological Frontiers in Northwestern Mexico, 1700-1850"

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