Tropical Rainforests: Latin American Nature and Society in Transition / Edition 1

Tropical Rainforests: Latin American Nature and Society in Transition / Edition 1

by Susan E. Place
     
 

ISBN-10: 0842024271

ISBN-13: 9780842024273

Pub. Date: 01/01/1993

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

The decimation of Latin America's tropical forests has been the source of much recent political and popular discussion. In the Amazon basin alone, twenty thousand square kilometers are cleared each year. If we are to salvage this vast ecosystem, we must first recognize the complex interplay of political and economic interests that has brought us to this point. Toward…  See more details below

Overview

The decimation of Latin America's tropical forests has been the source of much recent political and popular discussion. In the Amazon basin alone, twenty thousand square kilometers are cleared each year. If we are to salvage this vast ecosystem, we must first recognize the complex interplay of political and economic interests that has brought us to this point. Toward that end, Professor Susan E. Place has collected some of the most influential scholarship on tropical deforestation for Tropical Rainforests. The thirty articles - written by individuals as diverse as economists, naturalists, historians, sociologists, anthropologists, geologists, and novelists - reflect the complexity of the topic itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780842024273
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/1993
Series:
Jaguar Books on Latin America Ser.
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
222
Product dimensions:
8.04(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.61(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1from Green Mansions2
2from The Vortex3
3from The Naturalist on the River Amazons7
4Environmental Limitations on Culture in the Tropical Forest11
5Civilization and Its Discontents20
6The Whys and Wherefores of Deforestation31
7The Scourge of Cows36
8Transnationals and Oil in Amazonia48
9The Militarization and Industrialization of Amazonia: The Calha Norte and Grande Carajas Programs62
10Central America: Political Ecology and U.S. Foreign Policy71
11from Who Is Destroying the Amazon Rainforest?80
12Deforestation: A Brazilian Perspective89
13Tropical Forests: A Plan for Action97
14A Glimpse at Some Tropical Habitats102
15Natural-Resource Losses Reduce Costa Rican GNP Gains108
16A Cornucopia of Foods110
17The Healing Forest125
18Alternatives to Forest Destruction: Lessons from the Mebengokre Indians132
19Colonization Lessons from a Tropical Forest139
20Fight for the Forest: Building Bridges154
21Guardians of the Forest: Indigenist Policies in the Colombian Amazon157
22Demystifying the Tragedy of the Commons: The Resin Tappers of Honduras163
23Indigenous Knowledge and Biodiversity176
24Debt-for-Nature Swaps: Who Really Benefits?185
25Protected Areas in Tropical Rainforests: Five Lessons193
26Alternative Rainforest Uses200
27Peru's Rainforest: The Kindest Cut210
28U.S. Drug Firm Signs Up to Farm Tropical Forests211
29Tourism Damages Amazon Region213
30How a Monkey Saved the Jungle217
Suggested Readings223
Suggested Films227

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