Neoliberal Government and community forestry : subjection and discourse in a Oaxacan Community

Authors: Rosen, Michael Gabriel
Advisor: Hébert, Martin
Abstract: In the context of open struggle between a neoliberal state and popular social movements in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico, this thesis seeks to explore how neoliberalism also works more subtly through state-sponsored community forestry. Using the concepts of "development discourse" and the Foucauldian conception of government, this thesis sheds light on the power networks that run through the language, practice and process of community forestry in a community with a well-established forestry enterprise. Neoliberal government is found to be present in the practice of community forestry, in discourse calling for change to governance structures in the community, identities of comuneros, as well as in environmental discourse. The exploration of this web of government also contributes to a greater understanding of relationships between state institutions, professionals and community members involved in community forestry.
Document Type: Mémoire de maîtrise
Issue Date: 2008
Open Access Date: 13 April 2018
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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