Conservation and Globalization: A Study of National Parks and Indigenous Communities from East Africa to South Dakota

Jim Igoe


Conservation and Globalization: A Study of National Parks and Indigenous Communities from East Africa to South Dakota

Conservation and Globalization: A Study of National Parks and Indigenous Communities from East Africa to South Dakota

  • Title: Conservation and Globalization: A Study of National Parks and Indigenous Communities from East Africa to South Dakota
  • Author: Jim Igoe
  • ISBN: 9780534613174
  • Page: 268
  • Format: Paperback



This book makes current issues in political ecology and the question of globalization accessible to undergraduate students, as well as to non academic readers It is also empirically and theoretically rigorous enough to appeal to an academic audience CONSERVATION AND GLOBALIZATION opens with a discussion of these two broad issues as they relate to the author s fieldwork wThis book makes current issues in political ecology and the question of globalization accessible to undergraduate students, as well as to non academic readers It is also empirically and theoretically rigorous enough to appeal to an academic audience CONSERVATION AND GLOBALIZATION opens with a discussion of these two broad issues as they relate to the author s fieldwork with Maasai herding communities on the margins of Tarangire National Park in Tanzania It explores different theoretical perspectives Neo Marxist and Foucauldian on globalization and why both are relevant to the case studies presented Students are introduced to the practice of multi sited ethnography and its centrality to the anthropological study of globalization While drawing on examples from specific Maasai communities, the book is broadly concerned with the historical and contemporary links between these communities and a global system of institutions, ideas, and money The ecological incompatibility of Western national park style conservation with East African savanna ecosystems and Maasai resource management practices, are highlighted The concept of national parks is traced temporally and geographically from Maasai communities to the enclosure movement in 18th century England and westward expansion in 19th century North America The relationships of parks to Judeo Christian assumptions about man s place in nature, colonial ideologies like Manifest Destiny and the Civilizing Mission, and capitalist notions of private property and The Tragedy of the Commons, are explored The book also looks at the latest conservation paradigm of Community Based Conservation, and explores its connections to the Soviet Collapse, economic and political liberalization, and the global proliferation of NGOs.


Recent Comments "Conservation and Globalization: A Study of National Parks and Indigenous Communities from East Africa to South Dakota"

For a book with such a bland, uninspired title, "Conservation and Globalization" is packed with insights and compelling narratives. The book's central thesis is that conservation in East Africa has been just one more way that colonizers have imposed their cultural constructions and economic imperatives on their subject peoples. Igoe documents first the traditional Maasai pastoral land use techniques in the Tarangire-Simanjiro area (his study site). Then he examines how this system was disrupted [...]

This book provided a detailed explanation of the challenges faced by indigenous peoples whose homelands are encapsulated into national parks. East Africa was a primary focus, but the situation there was compared to that of the United States, Panama, Brazil, Australia, and Nepal, among other countries. Issues of eviction, land use, conservation, NGOs, and park management were discussed. The information was valuable, but the presentation was often dry, with a number of typos.


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