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Raoni Rajao

The Digital Jungle: The Role of GIS in the Sociomaterial Creation of Deforestation in the Amazon

Dr. Raoni Rajao presents his research on the intersections of technology, rhetoric, and deforestation in the Amazon rain forest in Brazil. Rajao describes the rhetorical disconnect that happens when Brazilian park rangers try to convince farmers in the Amazon rain forest to stop practices that result deforestation. However, what we in the north call "deforestation", farmers in the Amazon are likely to see simply as "farming." This results in different versions of deforestation clashing with each other. For example, farmers might claim that the deforestation is the result of accidental fire, but rangers argue that if you plant seeds where