Understories has 71 ratings and 8 reviews. Rather than reproduce traditional understandings of nature and environment, Jake Kosek shifts the focus toward. A Review of: “Kosek, Jake. Understories: The Political Life of Forests in Northern New Mexico.” Durham, NC, and London: Duke University. Kosek, Jake. Understories: The Political Life of Forests in Northern New Mexico. Durham, NC, and London: Duke University Press, pp. $ (paper).

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Aligning himself primarily with a Hispano community in Truchas, New Mexico, while also reaching out to local forestry officials and environmentalists, Kosek conducted ethnographic fieldwork and archival study into the conflict that has pitted advocates of conservation, scientific man- agement, and local subsistence use against one other.

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Understories: The Political Life of Forests in Northern New Mexico

This book challenges conventional understandings of nature and governance and should be read by everyone concerned about issues of environmental and social justice. Through lively, engaging narrative, Understories demonstrates how volatile politics of race, class, jkae nation animate the notoriously violent struggles over forests in the southwestern United States.

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Understories: The Political Life of Forests in Northern New Mexico by Jake Kosek

But it is a troubling enterprise because that it wants to kossk, recognize and account for variegated otherness while refusing, steadfastly, to be troubled by their non-sublative politics. Pete rated it really liked it Mar 26, As intensely Catholic recipients of Spanish colonial largesse, non-native ancestral New Mexicans were on welfare the second they came to the new world.

Samantha Anne Carrillo rated it it was amazing Feb 09, His approach bridges disciplinary boundaries between anthropology, history, American culture studies, and political ecology. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. For example, in their chapter on community organizing in South Africa, Sofie Oldfield and Kristian Stokke examine the tension between a politics of cooperation and engagement with the state and a politics of opposition.


Caroline rated it it was amazing Jul 17, If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through jakr support? It arrives toward the end of the chapter, with Harvey explaining how dialectical thinking grasps capitalism: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

On one hand mere praise of local agency, community work and voluntarism too often mirrors the neoliberal rhetorics of entrepreneurship and individualization. Paperbackpages. His work on cultural politics and memory will be of interest to the interdisciplinary field of memory studies. People interested in ecology or politics should absolutely read this book, in order to understand how well-intentioned environmental activists can dramatically and persistently kosk political struggles for autonomy.

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Lists with This Book. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Kosek weaves history, ecology, political economy, and race criticism, in a powerful text of political ecology. If you are requesting permission to photocopy material for classroom use, please contact the Copyright Clearance Center at copyright.

It deserves to be widely read and vigorously debated.

Help Center Find new research papers in: As such, the signature of the state is never fixed, but instead can be reproduced, forged, or foisted according to context and contingency. Kosek suggests that the same eugenic-driven desires for pure racial categories have infected the preoccupation with pure wilderness among environmentalists.

Most scholars who have been interested in wood as a his- torical problem have approached it from the perspective of historical geography or landscape. He describes how their sentiments of dispossession emerged through land tenure systems and federal management programs that remade forest landscapes as exclusionary sites of national and racial purity. But these books, despite the inference of history and tradition that goes with the hearth and homeland concepts in geography, have often produced synchronic analyses that ignore uake and political economy and reinforce cultural analyses of poverty and environmental degradation eg Carlson ; Nostrand Sovereign Natures 62 3.


Buy the selected items together This item: Really amazing book–I’ve read it twice in the last 2 years. Jake Kosek has delivered a critical, compelling analysis of an enormous topic. He investigates the ongoing presence of racism in the management systems of the Forest Service, and the larger systems of control which are grounded in troubling forms of nationalism which use the notion of an understofies ‘we’ public land to cover over the specific land-use needs of Hispano communities, who have been impoverished through a series of exploitative land-tenure reorganizations.

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Help Center Find new research papers in: Apr 16, Sara Salem rated it it was amazing. References Harvey D Explanation in Geography. The title of Chapter 5 is worth the price of the book alone and brilliantly encapsulates the often surprising politics of nature in New Mexico. Ships from and sold by Amazon. His work on cultural politics and memory will be of interest to the interdisciplinary field of memory studies.

It is with this understanding in mind that Das inves- tigates anti-Sikh violence in in a specific locality of Delhi Sultanpuriand convincingly demonstrates how violence, rumor, and impunity circulate according to local logics that emerge from the existing social configuration. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

But let there be no doubt: Kosek traces the histories of forest extraction and labor exploitation in northern New Mexico, where Hispano residents have forged passionate attachments to place. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway.