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Lobster in the Rain Forest: The Political Ecology of Miskito Wage Labor and Agricultural Deforestation

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A political ecological research orientation elucidates the effects of Miskito wage work in the Honduran lobster export industry. Miskito wage labor conserves local rain forest by displacing agricultural deforestation pressure into wages. These wages, however, are earned in an industry that depletes Caribbean lobster populations and which increases risk of injury and death to divers.

Keywords: political ecology, deforestation, swidden agriculture, fisheries, conservation

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Dodds D. J., (1998) “Lobster in the Rain Forest: The Political Ecology of Miskito Wage Labor and Agricultural Deforestation”, Journal of Political Ecology 5(1). p.83-108. doi: https://doi.org/10.2458/v5i1.21398