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- DescriptionWinner, Brazil Section Book Award, Latin American Studies Association, 2016 The opening of the Amazon to colonization in the 1970s brought cattle, land conflict, and widespread deforestation. In the remote state of Acre, Brazil, rubber tappers fought against migrant ranchers to preserve the forest they relied on, and in the process, these forest guardians showed the world that it was possible to unite forest livelihoods and environmental preservation. Nowadays, many rubber tappers and their children are turning away from the forest-based lifestyle they once sought to protect and are becoming cattle-raisers or even caubois (cowboys). Rainforest Cowboys is the first book to examine the social and cultural forces driving the expansion of Amazonian cattle raising in all of their complexity. Drawing on eighteen months of fieldwork, Jeffrey Hoelle shows how cattle raising is about much more than beef production or deforestation in Acre, even among carnivorous environmentalists, vilified ranchers, and urbanites with land or cattle. He contextualizes the rise of ranching in relation to political ecomic structures and broader meanings to understand the spread of cattle culture. This cattle-centered vision of rural life builds on local experiences and influences from across the Americas and even resembles East African cultural practices. Written in a broadly accessible and interdisciplinary style, Rainforest Cowboys is essential reading for a global audience interested in understanding the ecomic and cultural features of cattle raising, deforestation, and the continuing tensions between conservation and development in the Amazon.
- Author BiographyJeffrey Hoelle is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
- Author(s)Jeffrey Hoelle
- PublisherUniversity of Texas Press
- Date of Publication15/04/2015
- SubjectAgriculture & Farming
- Series TitleLatin American and Caribbean Arts and Culture Publication Initiative, Mellon Foundation
- Place of PublicationAustin, TX
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Texas Press
- Content Note19 b&w photos, 2 b&w maps, 6 b&w charts/graphs
- Weight482 g
- Width3895 mm
- Height5830 mm
- Spine534 mm
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