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Aumento (Lowland South America)

Peluso, Daniela M. (2020) Aumento (Lowland South America). In: Global Encyclopaedia of Informality. UCL 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:79221)

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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: F History United States, Canada, Latin America
F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F1201 Latin America (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Social and Cultural Anthropology
Depositing User: Daniela Peluso
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2020 08:25 UTC
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2020 13:46 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/79221 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Peluso, Daniela M.: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6276-3247
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