Rich Forests, Poor People

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September 1994



Millions of Javanese peasants live alongside state-controlled forest lands in one of the world's most densely populated agricultural regions. Because their legal access and customary rights to the forest have been severely limited, these peasants have been pushed toward illegal use of forest resources. "Rich Forests, Poor People" untangles the complex of peasant and state politics that has developed in Java over three centuries.Drawing on historical materials and intensive field research, including two contemporary case studies, Peluso presents the story of the forest and its people. Without major changes in forest policy, Peluso contends, the situation is portentous. Economic, social, and political costs to the government will increase. Development efforts will by stymied and forest destruction will continue. Mindful that a dramatic shift is unlikely, Peluso suggests how tension between foresters and villagers can be alleviated while giving peasants a greater stake in local forest management.


Acknowledgments Part I. INTRODUCTION 1. Structures of Access Control, Repetoires of Resistance Part II. TRADITIONS OF FOREST CONTROL IN JAVA 2. Gaining Access to People and Trees 3. The Emergence of "Scientific" Forestry in Colonial Java Part III. STATE FORESTS AND CHANGES IN STATE 4. Organized Forest Violence, Reorganized Forest Access, 1942-1966 5. State Power to Persist: Contemporary Forms of Forest Access Control Part IV. PEASANT POWER TO RESIST 6. A Forest without Trees 7. Teak and Temptation on the Extreme Periphery: Cultural Perspectives on Forest Crime Part V. CONCLUSION 8. Toward Integrated Social Forestry


Nancy Lee Peluso is Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at the University of California, Berkeley.


"Both Peluso's ethnographic inquiry and her construction of a historical narrative are first-rate."--"Annals of the American Geographical Society
EAN: 9780520089310
ISBN: 0520089316
Untertitel: Resource Control and Resistance in Java. 19 b/w illustrations, 6 figures, 13 tables, 2 maps. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: University of California Press
Erscheinungsdatum: September 1994
Seitenanzahl: 336 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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