Nature Unbound Conservation, Capitalism and the Future of Protected Areas

ISBN-10: 1844074404
ISBN-13: 9781844074402
Edition: 2008
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Book details

List price: $42.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 10/28/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

The number of protected areas has risen in recent years to over 110,000 covering over 20 million square kilometres, over 12% per cent of the planet's surface. How has this growth been achieved and why was so much of it undertaken in the last 15 years? What is the relationship between the massive rise in conservation initiatives, our economic system and corporate interests? What are the implications for the millions of people who live in or depend on protected areas? This groundbreaking volume is the first comprehensive 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; introduce the concepts, theories and writers on which critiques of conservation have been built and provide 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.

Jim Igoe is Assistant Professor at the Department of Anthropology, University of Colorado at Denver, USA. He works on the politics and impacts of NGOs and his current work examines the destruction and reconstruction of New Orleans.

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.

List of Figures, Tables and Boxes
Preface
List of Acronyms and Abbreviations
Nature Unbound
Histories and Geographies of Protected Areas
The Imperatives for Conservation
The Power of Parks
Local Management of Natural Resources
Conservation and Indigenous Peoples
The Spread of Tourist Habitat
International Conservation
Conservation and Capitalism
References
Index

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