At this year's Latin American Studies Association's (LASA) 2013 International Congress author Molly Doane's new book Stealing Shining Rivers: Agrarian Conflict, Market Logic, and Conservation in a Mexican Forest was selected as the best book on Mexico in the social sciences published in 2012. Doane was honored at the LASA Mexico Section's annual business meeting, held in Washigton DC in conjunction with the congress.
Stealing Shining Rivers describes how Chimalapas, a rainforest in Mexico’s southern state of Oaxaca, was appropriated and redefined by environmentalists. It demonstrates that good intentions are not always enough to produce results that benefit both a habitat and its many different types of indigenous inhabitants.
In giving the award, the award's committe highlighted the book's interdisciplinary approach to the intersections of environmental and social concerns in contemporary Mexico.
Doane is an associate professor of anthropology and a faculty fellow at the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
"Doane is a brilliant writer. In this book she takes one of the central questions in contemporary environmental governance head on. 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