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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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Building Forestry in Mexico: Ambitious Regulations and Popular Evasions

Building Forestry in Mexico: Ambitious Regulations and Popular Evasions

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Instituting Nature

Andrew S. Mathews

The MIT Press

This chapter focuses on the introduction of the science of forestry in Mexico, which provides a basis for the country’s forestry laws and policies. It discusses the role of officials of particular institutions and offices in introducing the concept of forestry. The chapter highlights the problems forests faced due to Mexico’s previous political and economic positions. This chapter presents the encounters between the indigenous municipalities and forestry bureaucracies along with information on the struggles of the indigenous people. This chapter focuses on the changes in Mexico’s forest laws, which led to a rise of community forestry in the country along with changes in the careers of the country’s foresters.

Keywords:   science of forestry, forestry laws, political economies, forestry bureaucracies, community forestry

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