Nature Unbound: "Conservation, Capitalism and the Future of Protected Areas" (Google eBook)

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Routledge, Jul 26, 2012 - Nature - 240 pages
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This groundbreaking volume is the first comprehensive, critical examination of the rise of protected areas and their current social and economic position in our world. It examines the social impacts of protected areas, the conflicts that surround them, the alternatives to them and the conceptual categories they impose. The book explores key debates on devolution, participation and democracy; the role and uniqueness of indigenous peoples and other local communities; institutions and resource management; hegemony, myth and symbolic power in conservation success stories; tourism, poverty and conservation; and the transformation of social and material relations which community conservation entails. For conservation practitioners and protected area professionals not accustomed to criticisms of their work, or students new to this complex field, the book will provide an understanding of the history and current state of affairs in the rise of protected areas. It introduces the concepts, theories and writers on which critiques of conservation have been built, and provides the means by which practitioners can understand problems with which they are wrestling. For advanced researchers the book will present a critique of the current debates on protected areas and provide a host of jumping off points for an array of research avenues

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1 Nature Unbound
2 Histories and Geographies of Protected Areas
3 The Imperatives for Conservation
4 The Power of Parks
5 Local Management of Natural Resources
6 Conservation and Indigenous Peoples
7 The Spread of Tourist Habitat
8 International Conservation
9 Conservation and Capitalism

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About the author (2012)

Dan Brockington is Senior Lecturer at the Institute for Development Policy and Management, Manchester University, UK. He studies the impacts and extent of eviction for conservation, the politics of community-based natural resource management and the role of celebrity in empowering conservation.

Rosaleen Duffy is Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Lancaster University.

Jim Igoe is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Colorado at Denver. He received his doctorate in sociocultural anthropology from Boston University in 1999. He has conducted extensive fieldwork in the Arusha region of Tanzania. His research has focused on the formation of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in pastoral communities in general, and the impact of NGOs on Maasai and Barabaig ethnic communities in particular, as well as the complexities of the interaction of international, national and local agendas. Additional research focused on the implementation of community-based conservation projects and the relationship of local people to national parks. Igoe's current teaching and research interests include human ecosystems and the limits of the western conservation models; community ecological anthropology; community conservation; developmental anthropology with an emphasis on NGOs; and the history of anthropological theory.

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