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Ethnographies of Conservation : Environmentalism and the Distribution of Privilege - David G. Anderson

Ethnographies of Conservation

Environmentalism and the Distribution of Privilege

Paperback Published: 1st November 2004
ISBN: 9781571816962
Number Of Pages: 242

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"This is an excellent collection of articles...All are clearly written and any of them could be used in undergraduate teaching. Moreover, the range of case studies is impressively global...The articles all exhibit a good capacity to provoke...The result is an enjoyable book that is likely to be useful to teachers, students and practitioners of environmentalism." - Anthropological Forum Anthropologists know that conservation often disempowers already under-privileged groups, and that it also fails to protect environments. Through a series of ethnographic studies, this book argues that the real problem is not the disappearance of "pristine nature" or even the land-use practices of uneducated people. Rather, what we know about culturally determined patterns of consumption, production and unequal distribution, suggests that critical attention would be better turned on discourses of "primitiveness" and "pristine nature" so prevalent within conservation ideology, and on the historically formed power and exchange relationships that they help perpetuate. David G. Anderson is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen. Eeva Berglund was Lecturer in Anthropology at Goldsmiths College from 1998 to 2002 and has written on the anthropology and history of environmental politics.

"This is an excellent collection of articles...All are clearly written and any of them could be used in undergraduate teaching. Moreover, the range of case studies is impressively global...The articles all exhibit a good capacity to provoke...The result is an enjoyable book that is likely to be useful to teachers, students and practitioners of environmentalism."
Anthropological Forum

Maps and Figures
Acknowledgements
Notes on the Contributors
Introduction: Towards an Ethnography of Ecological Underprivilegep. 1
Pitfalls of Synchronicity: A Case Study of the Caicaras in the Atlantic Rainforest of South-eastern Brazilp. 19
Nature as Contested Terrain: Conflicts Over Wilderness Protection and Local Livelihoods in Rio San Juan, Nicaraguap. 33
The Environment at the Periphery: Conflicting Discourses on the Forest in Tanimbar, Eastern Indonesiap. 51
Protest, Conflict and Litigation: Dissent or Libel in Resistance to a Conservancy in North-west Namibiap. 69
Environmentalism in the Syrian Badia: The Assumptions of Degradation, Protection and Bedouin Misusep. 87
'Ecocide and Genocide': Explorations of Environmental Justice in Lakota Sioux Countryp. 101
Promoting Consumption in the Rainforest: Global Conservation in Papua New Guineap. 119
'We still are Soviet People': Youth Ecological Culture in the Republic of Tatarstan and the Legacy of the Soviet Unionp. 139
The Ecology of Markets in Central Siberiap. 155
Contrasting Landscapes, Conflicting Ontologies: Assessing Environmental Conservation on Palawan Island (The Philippines)p. 171
Ecologism as an Idiom in Amazonian Anthropologyp. 189
Bibliographyp. 205
Indexp. 221
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ISBN: 9781571816962
ISBN-10: 1571816968
Series: Berghahn Ser.
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 242
Published: 1st November 2004
Publisher: BERGHAHN BOOKS INC
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.33