Doane is a brilliant writer. In this book she takes one of the central questions in contemporary environmental governance head on. Doane asks: what happens to the rights, livelihoods, and futures of indigenous peoples when seemingly well-meaning outsiders decide that their vision of ecological futures is more sustainable than the visions of local land holders or local states? This book should be widely read; both because it is an example of the best anthropology has to offer ethnographically and theoretically and because the answer to Doane's central question is the key to understanding social and environmental justice for Indigenous peoples globally.
—Paige West, author of From Modern Production to Imagined Primitive: The Social World of Coffee from Papua New Guinea
Doane does an excellent job of untangling the complexities of Chimalapas and critiquing the long, failed string of developmentalist, grassroots, and conservation projects there.
—Thomas Sheridan, Human Ecology