A Future for Amazonia: Randy Borman and Cofan Environmental Politics Michael Cepek

ISBN: 9780292739499

Published: November 15th 2012

Hardcover

272 pages


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A Future for Amazonia: Randy Borman and Cofan Environmental Politics  by  Michael Cepek

A Future for Amazonia: Randy Borman and Cofan Environmental Politics by Michael Cepek
November 15th 2012 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 272 pages | ISBN: 9780292739499 | 3.17 Mb

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 worlds mostMoreBlending 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 worlds 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 rain forest 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 Bormans 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.



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