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Andrew MATHEWS

Dept. of Anthropology | University of California, Santa Cruz
Symposium Co-Organizer

My research focuses on the culture of environmental institutions and the links between local communities and national and global levels of power and knowledge. I am currently completing a book on conservation and forest management in Mexico, focusing on the history and culture of state forestry institutions and of indigenous forest communities in the state of Oaxaca.  In this book I combine theories of statemaking with science and technology studies to argue that the production and management of ignorance are as important as knowledge to the assertion of state power.

In addition to my concern with human/environment relations, I have research and teaching interests in anthropology of bureaucracy and financial markets, anthropology of law and illegality, political ecology, environmental history, landscape history and visual representations of nature, sociology of knowledge, science and technology studies and state building.