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Instituting NatureAuthority, Expertise, and Power in Mexican Forests$
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Andrew S. Mathews

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262016520

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262016520.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Instituting Nature

Andrew S. Mathews

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This chapter focuses on Mexico’s forestry bureaucracies and the difficult role of the forestry bureaucrats. It traces the introduction of the science of forestry in Mexico around which national forestry laws of the country are developed. The chapter highlights the efforts of the forest officials and services during the 1950s in controlling and countering the efforts of logging companies through complex regulations. This chapter focuses on the indigenous community of Ixtlán de Juárez and its encounters with forest services and logging companies. The alliances formed by the Ixtlán community’s indigenous people with forest officials showcasing the forest workers’ power are also discussed.

Keywords:   forestry bureaucracies, forestry bureaucrats, science of forestry, logging companies, indigenous community

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