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)

Table of Contents

Maps and Figures
Acknowledgements
Notes on the Contributors
Introduction: Towards an Ethnography of Ecological Underprivilege1
1Pitfalls of Synchronicity: A Case Study of the Caicaras in the Atlantic Rainforest of South-eastern Brazil19
2Nature as Contested Terrain: Conflicts Over Wilderness Protection and Local Livelihoods in Rio San Juan, Nicaragua33
3The Environment at the Periphery: Conflicting Discourses on the Forest in Tanimbar, Eastern Indonesia51
4Protest, Conflict and Litigation: Dissent or Libel in Resistance to a Conservancy in North-west Namibia69
5Environmentalism in the Syrian Badia: The Assumptions of Degradation, Protection and Bedouin Misuse87
6'Ecocide and Genocide': Explorations of Environmental Justice in Lakota Sioux Country101
7Promoting Consumption in the Rainforest: Global Conservation in Papua New Guinea119
8'We still are Soviet People': Youth Ecological Culture in the Republic of Tatarstan and the Legacy of the Soviet Union139
9The Ecology of Markets in Central Siberia155
10Contrasting Landscapes, Conflicting Ontologies: Assessing Environmental Conservation on Palawan Island (The Philippines)171
11Ecologism as an Idiom in Amazonian Anthropology189
Bibliography205
Index221

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