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By Jake Kosek | Comments: ( 742 ) | Date: ( Jun 27, 2019 )

Through lively, engaging narrative, Understories demonstrates how volatile politics of race, class, and nation animate the notoriously violent struggles over forests in the southwestern United States Rather than reproduce traditional understandings of nature and environment, Jake Kosek shifts the focus toward material and symbolic natures, seemingly unchangeable essenceThrough lively, engaging narrative, Understories demonstrates how volatile politics of race, class, and nation animate the notoriously violent struggles over forests in the southwestern United States Rather than reproduce traditional understandings of nature and environment, Jake Kosek shifts the focus toward material and symbolic natures, seemingly unchangeable essences central to formations of race, class, and nation that are being remade not just through conflicts over resources but also through everyday practices by Chicano activists, white environmentalists, and state officials as well as nuclear scientists, heroin addicts, and health workers Drawing on two years of ethnographic fieldwork and extensive archival research, he shows how these contentious natures are integral both to environmental politics and the formation of racialized citizens, politicized landscapes, and modern regimes of rule.Kosek traces the histories of forest extraction and labor exploitation in northern New Mexico, where Hispano residents have forged passionate attachments to place He describes how their sentiments of dispossession emerged through land tenure systems and federal management programs that remade forest landscapes as exclusionary sites of national and racial purity 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 Understories offers an innovative vision of environmental politics, one that challenges scholars as well as activists to radically rework their understandings of relations between nature, justice, and identity.


  • Title: Understories: The Political Life of Forests in Northern New Mexico
  • Author: Jake Kosek
  • ISBN: 9780822338475
  • Page: 349
  • Format: Paperback

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Comments Understories: The Political Life of Forests in Northern New Mexico

  • John

    This is an artfully conceived work by a very talented historian. He well mixes personal and oral histories with a theoretical background that can do justice to the subject. Of course, I had a personal interest, having Anglo roots just north and west of Toas. For me, reading the tracery of the multiple conflicts that comprise New Mexican society was like having an older aunt finaly detail for you all the reasons why your father and uncle just don't get along. But I think it'd be a good read for a [...]


  • Shannon

    My PhD advisor wrote this one. It's beautiful, and I'm not just saying that because he's my advisor. Really amazing book--I've read it twice in the last 2 years. It's really well written, not just an academic theory book. Highly recommended.


  • Bri

    How can you not like an ethnography with a chapter titled "Smokey Bear is a White Racist Pig"? That's right. You can't.


  • Wren

    Understories is one of my favorite pieces of non-fiction. In a masterful sleight of hand, Kosek speaks for several hundred pages on the importance of trees when the whole point has absolutely nothing to do with the trees. By focusing on the symbolic desires, rather than the unspoken ones, Kosek shares a truly heartbreaking matter of history with a power that could not be achieved by speaking frankly. The story in Understories lies in its unwritten understory.


  • Kristin

    This book informs us that if you're an outsider to New Mexico in any way, you're not welcome to travel through that land-- because some heroin addicts who live there need to have it all to themselves, so they can fuck it up some more just like their own lives. Oh, and if you support any efforts to conserve and protect land there, then, let's face it-- you're a bigot. (Not necessarily the author's narrative, as it's presented objectively, but this is the information that is communicated.)


  • Emily

    Although I am personally interested in the topic, the writing was dense and elements of the book were not as bias-free as I had hoped. Typically, ethnography and case studies of this sort are a little easier to read given their storytelling nature, but many of the stories were interrupted and the way common elements were woven through the book did not function to keep the overall book flowing.


  • Sara Salem

    One of my favourite books this year. He shows the complex ways in which race, class and nation are intertwined in New Mexico, and how it is all linked to the nuclear plant there.


  • Peter

    compelling subject matter but so far the fieldwork isn't adequately illustrating the theory, but I'm only two chapters in so I probably shouldn't speak so soon


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