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Made in Madagascar Sapphires, Ecotourism, and the Global Bazaar

ISBN-10: 1442603747
ISBN-13: 9781442603745
Edition: 2012
Authors: Andrew Walsh
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Description: The Ankarana region of northern Madagascar has long been a draw for local people, foreign conservationists, ecotourists, and gemstone miners. Although some outsiders are inclined to see the sapphire and ecotourist industries as being at odds with  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Publication date: 10/4/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 128
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

The Ankarana region of northern Madagascar has long been a draw for local people, foreign conservationists, ecotourists, and gemstone miners. Although some outsiders are inclined to see the sapphire and ecotourist industries as being at odds with one another, many Malagasy observers understand the connections between them, most obviously in how they both serve foreign demand for 'natural wonders' (whether sapphires or 'protected areas') that are of little use or interest to local people.Made in Madagascaris an innovative ethnography that explores these tensions and negotiations between the local Malagasy people and foreigners with sensitivity and a critical eye. Written in a warm and inviting tone, and engaging a host of contemporary challenges in a global world, the book also demonstrates the effects of anthropologists on the communities they research.

Andrew Walsh is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Western University in London, Ontario. He has published in numerous journals, including American Anthropologist, American Ethnologist, and Anthropology Today.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Map
Introduction: Links
The Place of the Rocks
Ankarana as a Sacred Place
Ankarana as a Natural Wonder
Ankarana as a Place of Opportunity
What Is So Special about Ankarana?
Living in the Wake Of Sapphires
Risking and Daring
Buying and Selling
Gifting and Grifting
Speculating in the Wake of Sapphires
The Promise and Practice of Ecotourism in Ankarana
The Promise of Ecotourism in Ankarana
The Practice of Ecotourism in Ankarana
Speculating about Ecotourism in Ankarana
The Problem with Ecotourism
Natural Wonders in the Global Bazaar
Ankarana's Sapphires from Source to Showcase
The Appeal of Chameleons
Natural Wonders
Conclusion: So What?
Ankarana in the Global Bazaar
Prospective Anthropology
References
Index

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