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A Future for Amazonia: Randy Borman and Cofán Environmental Politics

  • Couverture cartonnée
  • 272 Nombre de pages
"This book tells how an indigenous Amazonian group formed coalitions with western environmentalists, Randy Borman in particular, t... Lire la suite
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"This book tells how an indigenous Amazonian group formed coalitions with western environmentalists, Randy Borman in particular, to protect their cultural identity and traditional territory"--

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Blending ethnography with a fascinating personal story, A Future for Amazonia is an account of a political movement that arose in the early 1990s in response to decades of attacks on the lands and peoples of eastern Ecuador, one of the world's most culturally and biologically diverse places. After generations of ruin at the hands of colonizing farmers, transnational oil companies, and Colombian armed factions, the indigenous Cofan people and their rainforest territory faced imminent jeopardy. In a surprising turn of events, the Cofan chose Randy Borman, a man of Euro-American descent, to lead their efforts to overcome the crisis that confronted them.

Drawing on three years of ethnographic research, A Future for Amazonia begins by tracing the contours of Cofan society and Borman's place within it. Borman, a blue-eyed, white-skinned child of North American missionary-linguists, was raised in a Cofan community and gradually came to share the identity of his adoptive nation. He became a global media phenomenon and forged creative partnerships between Cofan communities, conservationist organizations, Western scientists, and the Ecuadorian state. The result was a collective mobilization that transformed the Cofan nation in unprecedented ways, providing them with political power, scientific expertise, and a new role as ambitious caretakers of more than one million acres of forest. Challenging simplistic notions of identity, indigeneity, and inevitable ecological destruction, A Future for Amazonia charts an inspiring course for environmental politics in the twenty-first century.



Résumé
A remarkable story of empowerment, tracing the efforts of Randy Borman, the "gringo chief " who stemmed the tide of dispossession and rainforest destruction beginning in the 1990s and helped the Cofan of Amazonian Ecuador flourish as the result of unique collaboration

Contenu

Preface; Acknowledgments; Introduction: Cofan Possibilities Part I: An Individual and a People 1. Agency: The Emergence of an Intercultural Leader; 2. Identity: Collectivity and Difference; 3. Value: The Dilemma of Being Cofan Part II: An Experiment in Indigenous and Environmental Politics 4. The NGO: Institutionalizing Activism; 5. The Forest: Collaborating with Science and Conservation; 6. The School in the City: Producing the Cofan of the Future Conclusion: A Possible Forest Notes; Bibliography; Index

Détails sur le produit

Titre: A Future for Amazonia: Randy Borman and Cofán Environmental Politics
Sous-titre: Randy Borman and Cofan Environmental Politics
Auteur:
Code EAN: 9780292739505
ISBN: 978-0-292-73950-5
Format: Couverture cartonnée
Editeur: Univ Of Texas Pr
Genre: Sciences politiques
nombre de pages: 272
Poids: 417g
Taille: H234mm x B157mm x T23mm
Année: 2012
Auflage: New