Ethnographies of Conservation: Environmentalism and the Distribution of Privilege

Ethnographies of Conservation: Environmentalism and the Distribution of Privilege

by David G. Anderson
     
 

ISBN-10: 1571814647

ISBN-13: 9781571814647

Pub. Date: 11/15/2002

Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781571814647
Publisher:
Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/15/2002
Pages:
242
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

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