Nature Crime: How We're Getting Conservation Wrong

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Overview

In this impressively researched, alarming book, Rosaleen Duffy investigates the world of nature conservation, arguing that the West’s attitude to endangered wildlife is shallow, self-contradictory, and ultimately very damaging. Analyzing the workings of the black-market wildlife industry, Duffy points out that illegal trading is often the direct result of Western consumer desires, from coltan for cellular phones to exotic meats sold in London street markets. She looks at the role of ecotourism, showing how Western travelers contribute—often unwittingly—to the destruction of natural environments. Most strikingly, she argues that the imperatives of Western-style conservation often result in serious injustice to local people, who are branded as “problems” and subject to severe restrictions on their way of life and even extrajudicial killings.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Heavily researched. . . . The points made are well constructed and contain examples that will open readers'' minds to new perspectives on conservation. . . . A must-read for conservationists.”—K. K. Goldbeck, Choice

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“Heavily researched. . . . The points made are well constructed and contain examples that will open readers' minds to new perspectives on conservation. . . . A must-read for conservationists.”—K. K. Goldbeck, Choice
Choice - Choice Outstanding Academic Title
Selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2011 in the Biology category.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300154344
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 8/31/2010
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Rosaleen Duffy is Professor at the Centre for International Politics, Manchester University, UK

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

List of Illustrations

List of Abbreviations

Introduction 1

Chapter One The International Wildlife Trade 15

Chapter Two Global Action, Local Costs 45

Chapter Three Wildlife Wars: Poaching and Anti-Poaching 79

Chapter Four Rhino Horn, Ivory and the Trade Ban Controversy 113

Chapter Five Guerrillas to Gorillas: Blood Diamonds and Coltan 155

Chapter Six Tourist Saviours 187

Conclusion 217

Notes 225

Bibliography 243

Index 253

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