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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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The Mexican Forest Service: Knowledge, Ignorance, and Power

The Mexican Forest Service: Knowledge, Ignorance, and Power

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Instituting Nature

Andrew S. Mathews

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This chapter focuses on the everyday work of Mexico City’s forest officials. It discusses the importance of daily documentation of forest activities for the officials, which is one of the criteria of judging their credibility. The role of the forest officials in development of official forest knowledge backed by institutional power and the state is discussed in this chapter. It presents the perspective of the region’s rural communities and environmentalists regarding the official forest document developed by the officials and explores the reasons why junior forest officials do not contradict the official forest reports made by their superiors that lead to flouting of the fire and firewood regulations.

Keywords:   daily documentary practices, forest officials, official forest knowledge, firewood regulation, environmentalists

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