Guardians of the Forest

Dr. Barbosa

 “Guardians of the Forest: Environmentalist Organizations and the Fight to Save Brazilian Amazonia.”

Blood spilling from overflowing toilet bowls with mahogany seats made Britains aware of how their household purchases contributed to tropical deforestations, sociologist Luiz C. Barbosa explained this spring while sharing preliminary findings from his forthcoming book. The campaign is one example of how transnational advocacy networks have effectively contributed to slowing destruction of the Brazilian Amazon by identifying and publicizing the products made from logging precious woods, he said April 29 in the International Relations Briefing Room. .

Dr. Barbosa's study, based on field work in the Brazilian Amazon during late 2013, is scheduled for publication by Routledge. The  work he presented builds on his earlier research about the impact of development and globalization on deforestation. In previous work, he has found that “pressure from environmentalists and Indigenous peoples has contributed to lower rates of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon rain forest. But, rates continue to be environmentally unsustainable despite the decline and the forest is under threat of disappearing.” His latest research explores the impact of politicization of consumption as a weapon of preservation of the forest.

Dr. Barbosa is a full professor in the SFSU Sociology Department and, among other courses, teaches SOC 481: Sociology of Brazil, which is an elective in the Latin American Studies Minor program. Links to more information about his research and teaching can be found at: