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Ethnographies of Conservation: Environmentalism and the Distribution of Privilege

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Ethnographies of Conservation

Environmentalism and the Distribution of Privilege

Edited by David G. Anderson and Eeva Berglund

242 pages, 4 maps, 4 figs, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-57181-464-7 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (February 2003)

ISBN  978-1-57181-696-2 $29.95/£23.95 Pb Published (November 2004)

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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.

Subject: Environmental Studies (General) Anthropology (General)


Introduction: Towards an Ethnography of Ecological Underprivilege
E. Berglund and D. Anderson

Chapter 1. Nature as Contested Terrai: Conflicts over Wilderness Protection and Local Livelihoods in Rio San Juan, Nicaragua
A. Nygren

Chapter 2. Pitfalls of Synchronicity: A Case Study of the Caiçaras in the Atlantic Rainforest of South-eastern Brazil
C. Adams

Chapter 3. The Environment at the Periphery: Conflicting Discourses on the Forest in Tanimbar, Eastern Indonesia
N. Frost and R. Wrangham

Chapter 4. Protest, Conflict and Litigation: Dissent or Libel in Resistance to a Conservancy in North-West Namibia
S. Sullivan

Chapter 5. Environmentalism in the Syrian Badia: The Assumptions of Degradation, Protection and Bedouin Misuse
D. Chatty

Chapter 6. "Ecocide and Genocide": Explorations of Environmental Justice in Lakota Sioux Country
B. Halder

Chapter 7. Promoting Consumption in the Rainforest: Global Conservation in Papua New Guinea
D. Ellis

Chapter 8. "We still are Soviet People": Youth Ecological Culture in the Republic of Tatarstan and the Legacy of the Soviet Union
L. Rolle

Chapter 9. The Ecology of Markets in Central Siberia
D. Anderson

Chapter 10. Contrasting Landscapes, Conflicting Ontologies: Assessing Environmental Conservation on Palawan Island, The Philippines
D. Novellino

Chapter 11. Ecologism as an Idiom in Amazonian Anthropology
S. Nugent

Notes on Contributors

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