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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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Forestry Comes to Oaxaca: Bureaucrats, Gangsters, and Indigenous Communities, 1926–1956

Forestry Comes to Oaxaca: Bureaucrats, Gangsters, and Indigenous Communities, 1926–1956

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(p.93) 4 Forestry Comes to Oaxaca: Bureaucrats, Gangsters, and Indigenous Communities, 1926–1956
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Instituting Nature
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Andrew S. Mathews

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262016520.003.0004

This chapter focuses on the introduction of the science of forestry to Oaxaca from 1926 to 1956. It describes the efforts of the forest officials in protecting forests during the 1930s by building a relationship between indigenous communities and the state. The chapter also explores the Zapotec people’s perspective of forestry and logging along with theories about the forests, floods, and fires. It examines the problems the Oaxaca’s forest officials had to face, including poor communication and objections from indigenous communities. This chapter describes the methods in which communities reacted to the forest service officials’ attempts at regulating fires, which were a part of the agricultural and pastoral techniques of the region.

Keywords:   science of forestry, Zapotec people, indigenous communities, forest regulations, forest fires

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