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Forests. Nature, People, Power. Development and Change Special Issues

  • ID: 2247821
  • Book
  • June 2000
  • 372 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Forests, on the ground and in social theory, are now highly contested spaces, the arenas of struggles and conflicts, in which both trees and forest–dwellers frequently find themselves on the losing side. Focusing on the forests of Africa, Asia and Latin America, this volume highlights four dimensions: the array of ongoing conflicts and movements at the local level, involving a wide spectrum of stakeholders with diverse interests; the rise of wider national, regional and global concerns over the destruction of forests; debates over the use and abuse of Nature; and possible ′solutions′ to the problems of forests and those who live in and depend upon them. The papers in the collection are based on recent field research, rich in detail and nuanced in interpretation. They call into question many received wisdoms, discovering unexpected twists and turns in forest paths, life cycles or landscape trajectories, and highlighting the complex articulations of local processes and global forces in tropical forest struggles.
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1. Forest Lives and Struggles: An Introduction (Martin Doornbos, Ashwani Saith and Ben White, Institute of Social Studies, The Hague).

2.Development Discourses and Peasant–Forest Relations: Natural Resource Utilization as Social Process (Anja Nygren, Department of Anthropology, University of Helsinki).

3. Fashioned Forest Paths, Occluded Histories? International Environmental Analysis in West African Locales (Melissa Leach, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex; and James Fairhead, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London).

4. State Sciences and Development Histories: Encoding Local Forestry Knowledge in Bengal (K. Sivaramakrishnan, Department of Anthropology, University of Washington, Seattle).

5. The Changing Regime: Forest Property and Reformasi in Indonesia (John F. McCarthy, Asian Research Centre, Murdoch University, Western Australia).

6. Balancing Politics, Economics and Conservation: The Case of the Cameroon Forestry Law Reform (Francois Ekoko, UNDP/BDP/SEED, New York).

7. People in Between: Conversion and Conservation of Forest Lands in Thailand (Jin Sato, Institute of Environmental Studies, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo).

8. Resettlement, Opium and Labour Dependence: Akha–Tai Relations in Northern Laos (Paul T. Cohen, Department of Anthropology, Macquarie University, Sydney).

9.Environmentalists, Rubber Tappers and Empowerment: The Politics and Economics of Extractive Reserves (Katrina Brown, School of Development Studies, University of East Anglia, Norwich; and S′rgio Rosendo, University of East Anglia, Norwich).

10. Maintaining Centralized Control in Community–based Forestry: Policy Construction in the Philippines (Richard Gauld, Department of Geography, King′s College London).

11. Unpacking the ′Joint′ in Joint Forest Management (Nandini Sundar, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi).

12. Community Forestry and Tree Theft in Mexico: Resistance or Complicity in Conservation? (Dan Klooster, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, New York).

13. Remote Sensibilities: Discourses of Technology and the Making of Indonesia′s Natural Disaster (Emily E. Harwell, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies).

14. From Timber to Tourism? Recommoditizing the Japanese Forest (John Knight, School of Anthropological Studies, Queen′s University of Belfast).

Notes on Contributors.


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Martin Doornbos
Ashwani Saith
Ben White
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