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Aumento

Peluso, Daniela M. (2024) Aumento. In: The Global Encyclopaedia of Informality: A hitchhiker’s guide to informal problem-solving in human life. UCL Press, pp. 294-297. ISBN 978-1-80008-615-9. E-ISBN 978-1-80008-614-2. (In press) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:103078)

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Abstract

The following scenario regarding timber and logging operations illustrates how the use of ‘aumento’ is used as euphemism for corruption. Lowland South Americans provide logging companies with illegal wood as ‘an aumento’, a top up to their current provisions (often tied to sustainability regulations). In turn, Amazonians receive their own ‘aumento’ for providing this service through the form of a cash payment (for wood that often does not go through formal regulatory channels). While the payment they receive for this is less than the open market rate, they consider this favourable as they have been able to sidestep the cumbersome and discriminatory bureaucracies and legalities of providing such wood. In turn the logging companies are able to purchase cheaper wood and avoid the extra costs associated with sustainable logging without jeopardising their eco-status.

Item Type: Book section
Uncontrolled keywords: Amazonia, Lowland South America, payment, bribe, corruption, informal economy, timber, logging, euphemism
Subjects: A General Works
F History United States, Canada, Latin America
F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F1201 Latin America (General)
H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Depositing User: Daniela Peluso
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2023 10:43 UTC
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2024 14:02 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/103078 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)

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