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 a fire occurred, this is evidence that the deforestation was intentional.
View his video introduction and the colloquium question and answer session here.
Below are photographs from Dr. Raoni's field work:
You can also read more of Dr. Rajao's papers.