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Economía, sociedad y territorio

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LARA-ALDAVE, Silvana  and  VIZCARRA-BORDI, Ivonne. Enviromental forest policies and the Mazahua femenine social capital. Econ. soc. territ [online]. 2008, vol.8, n.26, pp.477-515. ISSN 2448-6183.

The aim of this paper is to understand how the concepts of social capital and gender perspective were included in the environmental forest policies during the presidency of Vicente Fox in Mexico. We analyse their performance in different local contexts. Our hypothesis is that this inclusion responds more to worldwide and national interest rather than to the local needs and its reality. We use institutional ethnography to analyse the replication of discursive practices about the inclusion of the gender perspective in environmental policies. We show how this creates the need for institutional intervention to solve problems generated in the global sphere. These mechanisms are exemplified with the case of Mazahua women in two forest communities in the Mazahua zone of the State of Mexico.

Keywords : social capital; gender; forest policies; Mazahuas; institutional ethnography.

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