Understories has 71 ratings and 8 reviews. Rather than reproduce traditional understandings of nature and environment, Jake Kosek shifts the focus toward. A Review of: “Kosek, Jake. Understories: The Political Life of Forests in Northern New Mexico.” Durham, NC, and London: Duke University. Kosek, Jake. Understories: The Political Life of Forests in Northern New Mexico. Durham, NC, and London: Duke University Press, pp. $ (paper).
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AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Fusing fine-grained ethnography with insights gleaned from cultural studies and science studies, Kosek shows how the nationally beloved Smokey the Bear became a symbol of white racist colonialism for many Hispanos in the region, while Los Alamos National Laboratory, at once revered and reviled, remade regional ecologies and economies.
Kosek dispenses with the Hispano Homeland, a concept that has so hamstrung previous analyses of New Mexico, and instead approaches the politics of nature in New Mexico through an attention to the ways difference is created and policed. Fusing fine-grained ethnography with insights gleaned from cultural studies and science studies, Kosek shows how the nationally beloved Smokey the Bear became a symbol of white racist colonialism for many Hispanos in the region, while Los Alamos National Laboratory, at once revered and reviled, remade regional ecologies and economies.
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Chapter 2 examines the trajectories of forest governance in New Mexico. Not necessarily the author’s narrative, as it’s presented objectively, but this is the information that is communicated.
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Apart from offering a set of snapshots from around the globe, Contesting Neoliberalism documents a fundamental tension within the politics of contestation. Understories is a confident and very competent history of the present. Kosek suggests, relative to Hispanos, that these events illustrate how memories of past injustices and longing tie Hispanos to historic grant lands and ultimately to each other, yet do so in profoundly contradictory ways.
Each snapshot, albeit taken from a different geographic or ideological position, is focused on the same object: Marie rated it it was amazing Jul 31, Buy the selected items together This item: An exciting book, it is also highly readable and can be used in advanced undergraduate as well as graduate-level courses.
Kosek weaves history, ecology, political economy, and race criticism, in a powerful text of political ecology. Rival, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute.
His devastating critique of the politics of the environmental movement reveals its legacy of purity based on exclusion, nation, and race. In the Shadows of the City on a Hill Conclusion: His methodology follows from his central claim: Black Faces, White Spaces: Follow us on Instagram. Kosek traces the histories of forest extraction and labor exploitation in northern New Mexico, where Hispano residents have forged passionate attachments to place.
So far so good, we think. Jul 22, Shannon rated it it was amazing. Oh, and if you support any efforts to conserve and protect land there, then, let’s face it– you’re a bigot. It’s really well written, not just an academic theory book. I had a really hard time getting through the material despite the fact it seems to touch on my life and career very closely. Kosek traces the histories of forest extraction and labor exploitation in northern New Mexico, where Hispano residents have forged passionate attachments to place.
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Jeremy Campbell rated it liked it Jun 04, Kosek is careful not to call environmentalists racist, but rather suggests that the silence regarding this racist history produces a profoundly problematic environmental politics, particularly in New Mexico as the chapter so deftly shows. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading.
Apr 04, Bri rated it liked it. Both within and between the chapters, various tensions are brought to the fore. Previous geographic volumes on New Mexico have focused on cultural hearths and ethnic homelands. Pages with related products. The author asks very tough questions about the connections between racism, nationalism, and environmentalism.
Understories: The Political Life of Forests in Northern New Mexico by Jake Kosek
An Introduction to Cultural Anthropology. Through an analysis of the natures produced and reproduced through the realities and anxieties of nuclear bomb making, Kosek demonstrates how the meanings people attach to the forest are produced in the strangest of places.
His work on cultural jxke and memory will be of interest to the interdisciplinary field of memory studies. Kosek concludes his analysis by taking a close look at the role Los Alamos National Laboratory plays in this drama: