México Indígena: Bowman Expedition to Mexico

The First Bowman Expedition of the American Geographical Society (AGS), called México Indígena (MI), renewed the society's commitment to inform the public and governments about foreign geography in support of better policy making. It serves as the prototype for all other Bowman Expeditions.

The project, led by a multinational team of Latin Americanist geographers, focuses on the geography of Mexico's indigenous populations and the changes in the cultural landscape and conservation of natural resources resulting from the gargantuan land certification and privatization program called PROCEDE. The MI team documented how this land tenure change impacts the ejido and other communal land ownership forms, turning social property into private.

The project began with a Property study in 2005 and continued for four years.  It was led by Peter Herlihy, who was later honored as the Society’s first Bowman Scholar.   The topic was Neoliberal land reform, and the research was conducted in partnership with faculty of the University of Kansas, Carleton University, and the Autonomous University of San Luis Potosi.

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Funded by the Office of Foreign Military Studies, U. S. Department of Defense.