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Instituting Nature: Authority, Expertise, and Power in Mexican Forests

Andrew S. Mathews


This book describes Mexico’s efforts over the past one hundred years to manage its forests through forestry science and biodiversity conservation. The author shows that transparent knowledge was produced not by official declarations or scientists’ expertise but by encounters between the relatively weak forestry bureaucracy and the indigenous people who manage and own the pine forests. The author records the performances, collusions, complicities, and evasions that characterize the forestry bureaucracy. He shows that the authority of forestry officials is undermined by the tension between local ... More

Keywords: forestry science, biodiversity conservation, forestry bureaucracy, indigenous people, Oaxaca, Zapotec, industrial forestry, pine forests, Zapotec autonomy, carbon markets

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780262016520
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262016520.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew S. Mathews, author