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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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Instituting Nature

Andrew S. Mathews

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This book presents an introduction of forestry science in Mexico along with its institutionalization through the Mexican forest service expansion and the role of Oaxaca’s indigenous forest communities in forest domestication. The problems of forestry officials in dealing with indigenous communities and competing institutions are discussed. The importance of acquiring knowledge for Mexican authorities is explored with a focus on how to counter public opposition to policies regarding forestry. The conclusion describes the avoidance of fire regulations by officials and farmers as the biggest reason for most agricultural fires in Mexico. It also discusses the role of social sciences in studying information held by scientists and powerful officials.

Keywords:   forestry science, forest expansion, indigenous forest, forest domestication, fire regulations

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