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

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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.
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Editorial Reviews

Perceptions of the rainforests, why they are being deforested in Latin America, why they should be saved, and alternative development possibilities, are the overall topics of 30 articles by natural and social scientists and novelists. No index. Paper edition (unseen), $14.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780842024273
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/1993
  • Series: Jaguar Books on Latin America Ser.
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 222
  • Product dimensions: 8.04 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan E. Place is Associate Dean of the Graduate School at California State University, Chico.

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Table of Contents

1 from Green Mansions 2
2 from The Vortex 3
3 from The Naturalist on the River Amazons 7
4 Environmental Limitations on Culture in the Tropical Forest 11
5 Civilization and Its Discontents 20
6 The Whys and Wherefores of Deforestation 31
7 The Scourge of Cows 36
8 Transnationals and Oil in Amazonia 48
9 The Militarization and Industrialization of Amazonia: The Calha Norte and Grande Carajas Programs 62
10 Central America: Political Ecology and U.S. Foreign Policy 71
11 from Who Is Destroying the Amazon Rainforest? 80
12 Deforestation: A Brazilian Perspective 89
13 Tropical Forests: A Plan for Action 97
14 A Glimpse at Some Tropical Habitats 102
15 Natural-Resource Losses Reduce Costa Rican GNP Gains 108
16 A Cornucopia of Foods 110
17 The Healing Forest 125
18 Alternatives to Forest Destruction: Lessons from the Mebengokre Indians 132
19 Colonization Lessons from a Tropical Forest 139
20 Fight for the Forest: Building Bridges 154
21 Guardians of the Forest: Indigenist Policies in the Colombian Amazon 157
22 Demystifying the Tragedy of the Commons: The Resin Tappers of Honduras 163
23 Indigenous Knowledge and Biodiversity 176
24 Debt-for-Nature Swaps: Who Really Benefits? 185
25 Protected Areas in Tropical Rainforests: Five Lessons 193
26 Alternative Rainforest Uses 200
27 Peru's Rainforest: The Kindest Cut 210
28 U.S. Drug Firm Signs Up to Farm Tropical Forests 211
29 Tourism Damages Amazon Region 213
30 How a Monkey Saved the Jungle 217
Suggested Readings 223
Suggested Films 227
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