Indigenous Environmental Knowledge and Its Transformations: Critical Anthropological Perspectives / Edition 1

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The first concerted critical examination of the uses and abuses of indigenous knowledge. The contributors focus on a series of interrelated issues in their interrogation of indigenous knowledge and its specific applications within the localised contexts of particular Asian societies and regional cultures. In particular they explore the problems of translation and mistranslation in the local-global transference of traditional practices and representations of resources.
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Excellent, thoughtful, challenging papers....Overall, the book documents many cases of misuse and abuse of 'IK' and explains with insight problems with the concept....Recommended for professionals and development workers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789057024849
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/1/2000
  • Series: Studies in Environmental Anthropology Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 370
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps, Plates and Tables
Notes on Contributors
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Ethnobiology and Ethnoecology in the Context of National Laws and International Agreements Affecting Indigenous and Local Knowledge, Traditional Resources and Intellectual Property Rights 35
Ch. 2 'We Wander in our Ancestors' Yard': Sea Cucumber Gathering in Aru, Eastern Indonesia 55
Ch. 3 The Construction and Destruction of 'Indigenous' Knowledge in India's Joint Forest Management Programme 79
Ch. 4 Claims to Knowledge, Claims to Control: Environmental Conflict in the Great Himalayan National Park, India 101
Ch. 5 Locating Indigenous Environmental Knowledge in Indonesia 121
Ch. 6 'Indigenous' Regionalism in Japan 151
Ch. 7 The Use of Fire in Northeastern Luzon (Philippines): Conflicting Views of Local People, Scientists and Government Officials 177
Ch. 8 The Life-Cycle of Indigenous Knowledge, and the Case of Natural Rubber Production 213
Ch. 9 Enclaved Knowledge: Indigent and Indignant Representations of Environmental Management and Development among the Kalasha of Pakistan 253
Ch. 10 Endangered Forest, Endangered People: Environmentalist Representations of Indigenous Knowledge 293
Ch. 11 Indigenous Knowledge: Prospects and Limitations 319
Index 337
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