Producing Knowledge, Protecting Forests: Rural Encounters With Gender, Ecotourism, And International Aid In The Dominican Republic by Light Carruyo

Producing Knowledge, Protecting Forests: Rural Encounters With Gender, Ecotourism, And…

byLight Carruyo

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Development studies has not yet found a vocabulary to connect large structural processes to the ways in which people live, love, and labor. Producing Knowledge, Protecting Forests contributes to such a vocabulary through a study of "local knowledge" that exposes the relationship between culture and political economy. Women's and men's daily practices, and the meaning they give those practices, show the ways in which they are not simply victims of development but active participants creating, challenging, and negotiating the capitalist world-system on the ground.

Rather than viewing local knowledge as something to be uncovered or recovered in the service of development, Light Carruyo approaches it as a dynamic process configured and reconfigured at the intersections of structural forces and lived practices. In her ethnographic case study of La Ciénaga—a rural community on the edge of an important ecological preserve and national park in the Dominican Republic—Carruyo argues that Dominican economic development has rested its legitimacy on rescuing peasants from their own subsistence practices so that they may serve the nation as "productive citizens," a category that is both racialized and gendered. How have women and men in this community come to know what they know about development and well-being? And how, based on this knowledge, do they engage with development projects and work toward well-being? Carruyo illustrates how competing interests in agricultural production, tourism, and conservation shape, collide with, and are remade by local practices and logics.

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Light Carruyo is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Latin American and Latino Studies at Vassar College. Light Carruyo is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Latin American and Latino Studies at Vassar College.

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Title:Producing Knowledge, Protecting Forests: Rural Encounters With Gender, Ecotourism, And…Format:PaperbackDimensions:136 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.31 inPublished:January 18, 2012Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0271033266

ISBN - 13:9780271033266

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Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. Development and the Construction of the Productive Peasant

2. Encounters: Tourism, Conservation, and Gendered Tourist Patronage in La Ciénaga

3. Disjunctures: Why “Nothing Ever Comes to La Ciénaga”

4. Collisions: Meaning, Mobility, and the Serious Woman

Epilogue

Appendix

References

Index

Editorial Reviews

“The book is concise yet rich in ethnographic and theoretical insights. Producing Knowledge, Protecting Forests is a much needed contribution to the fields of development studies, rural sociology, tourism studies, Caribbean, Latin American, Women’s and Gender Studies. It will be classic for years to come.”

—Amalia L. Cabezas, International Feminist Journal of Politics