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We Are Forests Inhabiting Territories in Struggle

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By: Jean-Baptiste Vidalou(Author), Stephen Muecke(Translated by)
208 pages
Publisher: Polity
We Are Forests
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  • We Are Forests ISBN: 9781509556526 Paperback Jun 2023 Out of Print #261537
  • We Are Forests ISBN: 9781509556519 Hardback Jun 2023 Out of Print #261536
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From the Sivens forest in France to the Hambach forest in Germany, from the Broadback forest in Canada to the rainforests of Borneo, something has shifted in these wild spaces over the last decade or two. People have begun to inhabit the forests, oppose the loggers and use their bodies as shields, motivated by the determination to resist the lethal ecosystem of commercial exploitation. Forests have become a battleground in the struggle between groups with fundamentally divergent aims and objectives.

Forests are made up of insurgents. Jean-Baptiste Vidalou went to see some of these forests and meet those who are defending them: he discovered a completely different way of understanding the world, sharply opposed to the mentality of planners who see forests as just one more territory to be managed. Here he recounts this encounter, relays what these forest peoples and struggles convey, not to offer any recipes or ready-made solutions to the crises of our times but to be the forest, like a force that grows, stem by stem, leaf by leaf, slowly becoming ungovernable.


1. Where We Live, Where We Struggle
2. A Country Like No Other
3. A Little History of the Map
4. Friction on the Ground
5. Welcome to the Park!
6. A Genealogy of Territorial Planning
7. Devastating Accounting
8. The Physiocrats and the War on the Commons
9. All That Is Solid Must Be Liquidated
10. Total Calculation
11. From Encampment to Logistics
12. Forests Versus Wood-Energy
13. Bringing the Outside In
14. Returning to Forests, Becoming a Secessionist
15. The New Nomos of the Earth


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Jean-Baptiste Vidalou is a dry stone wall builder and philosopher who lives in France.

Out of Print
By: Jean-Baptiste Vidalou(Author), Stephen Muecke(Translated by)
208 pages
Publisher: Polity
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"We Are Forests is the outstanding implementation of a lyrical counter-expertise. Jean-Baptiste Vidalou explains how a political struggle is required to truly understand all the components at stake in our relationship to the environment. If we don't defend a territory, a forest or a lake, we simply see the proposed changes by engineers, administrations and experts as necessary "progress", smart management, without being sensitive to the ecological devastation at play."
– Frederic Neyrat, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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