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Tropical Rainforests : Latin American Nature and Society in Transition - Susan E. Place

Tropical Rainforests

Latin American Nature and Society in Transition

By: Susan E. Place (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st June 2001
ISBN: 9780842029070
Number Of Pages: 244

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Emerging awareness of the plight of the rainforests of Central and South America has catapaulted this issue to the forefront of global environmental concerns. As understanding has increased, so has the contention between the various groups that have a stake in the forest. Developers, environmentalists, governments and the landless poor whose livelihood depends on the rainforest all have contributed to the debate on how to address this problem. This title seeks to give the reader a fresh perspective on the rainforest debate, it provides a variety of perspectives on the complex relationship between society and nature on the rainforest frontiers of Latin America.

"A crucial reader in one of the most pressing environmental and sustainable development issues, a book that includes the work of economists, naturalists, anthropologists, geologists, and others, and presents in one volume many of the essential ideas and observations on this question." - British Bulletin of Publications on Latin America, the Caribbean, Portugal and Spain "The gradual destruction of tropical rainforests is one of the most significant events in Latin American history. Tropical Rainforests gives a concise yet nuanced introduction to a complicated issue." - H-Net Book Review

Introductionp. xi
Perceptions of the Rainforestp. 1
Spring, Summer, and Autumn in One Tropical Dayp. 2
A Spider Web or a House of Cards?p. 7
The Champion of Destructionp. 22
Environmental Limitations on Culture in the Tropical Forestp. 26
Civilization and Its Discontentsp. 34
A Well-Adapted Lifep. 41
Explanations for Deforestation in Latin Americap. 47
The Death of the Cuban Forestsp. 49
The History of Ecological Marginalization in Chiapasp. 56
Rejecting Progress in Paradise: Huastecs, the Environment, and the Oil Industry in Veracruz, Mexico, 1900-1935p. 77
Revolution in the Rainforestp. 97
Who Is Destroying the Amazon Rainforest?p. 123
Deforestation: A Brazilian Perspectivep. 131
Why Save the Rainforest?p. 137
A Glimpse at Some Tropical Habitatsp. 139
Natural Resource Losses Reduce Costa Rican GNP Gainsp. 145
A Cornucopia of Foodsp. 147
An Earthly Paradise Regainedp. 161
Mexico's Highway to Hellp. 166
Prospects for Development: Alternative Futures for Latin America's Tropical Rainforestsp. 173
Fight for the Forest: Building Bridgesp. 176
Alternatives to Forest Destruction: Lessons from the Mebengokre Indiansp. 179
U.S. Drug Firm Signs Up to Farm Tropical Forestsp. 186
Indigenous Knowledge and Biodiversityp. 188
Alternative Rainforest Usesp. 196
Debt-for-Nature Swaps: Who Really Benefits?p. 205
Reefs, Rainforests, Caves, Ruins, and Rookeriesp. 213
Ecotourism and the Political Ecology of "Sustainable Development" in Costa Ricap. 221
Peten Crafts a Futurep. 232
Suggested Readingsp. 239
Suggested Filmsp. 243
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ISBN: 9780842029070
ISBN-10: 0842029079
Series: Jaguar Books on Latin America
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 244
Published: 1st June 2001
Publisher: Scholarly Resources Inc.,U.S.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.61
Edition Number: 2