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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 Acrobatics of Transparency and Obscurity: Forestry Regulations Travel to Oaxaca

The Acrobatics of Transparency and Obscurity: Forestry Regulations Travel to Oaxaca

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(p.178) (p.179) 7 The Acrobatics of Transparency and Obscurity: Forestry Regulations Travel to Oaxaca
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Instituting Nature
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Andrew S. Mathews

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262016520.003.0007

This chapter explores the possibility of successful projects of the authoritative performance of official knowledge through understanding the working style and pressures of the forest officials. Using the framework of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAP), this chapter explains the overburden of work for the officials, which meant they were always behind schedule. It throws light on the small amount of people involved in forest management and conservation in Oaxaca. Corruption by senior foresters is described in this chapter as one of the reasons for the lack of success in official knowledge projects. The chapter also highlights the problems officials face in incorporating national regulations for forests that would bring transparency to the department’s work.

Keywords:   forest management regulations, SEMARNAP, corruption, forest officials

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