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An Ethnography of Disappearing Forests. On Power, Politics, and Scapegoats in a Village of Argeș County, Romania - Ștefan Dorondel

AnthroArt by Antropedia / Namla / Ambigrama

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This piece looks at how Romania’s forests were destroyed by illegal logging after the Revolution of 1989. Based on my book Disrupted Landscapes. State, Peasants and the Politics of Land in Postsocialist Romania (2016)*, this piece sheds light on the actors involved in illegal logging activities, the political and economic mechanisms at work, and the devastating effects on the forests.Rudari, a traditionally poor, marginal minority population that is becoming increasingly so in the postsocialist context, take on the role of scapegoats for large-scale logging done by Romanians. The majority Romanian population—the owners of the disappearing forests—fail to acknowledge that the true economic beneficiaries of deforestation are the local bureaucrats and politicians. The piece draws on extensive research in the village of Dragomirești, Argeș County (th ... 

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