Imposing Wilderness Struggles over Livelihood and Nature Preservation in Africa

ISBN-10: 0520234685

ISBN-13: 9780520234680

Edition: 2002

Authors: Roderick P. Neumann

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Arusha National Park in northern Tanzania, known for its scenic beauty, is also a battleground. Roderick Neumann's illuminating analysis shows how this park embodies all the political-ecological dilemmas facing protected areas throughout Africa. The roots of the ongoing struggle between the park on Mount Meru and the neighboring Meru peasant communities go much deeper, in Neumann's view, than the issues of poverty, population growth, and ignorance usually cited. These conflicts reflect differences that go back to the beginning of colonial rule. By imposing a European ideal of pristine wilderness, Neumann says, the establishment of national parks and protected areas displaced African meanings as well as material access to the land. He focuses on the symbolic importance of natural landscapes among various social groups in this setting and how it relates to conflicts between peasant communities and the state.
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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 1/23/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 268
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Landscapes of Nature, Terrains of Resistance
Political and Moral Economy on Mount Meru
Conservation versus Custom: State Seizure of Natural Resource Control
Protecting Fauna of the Empire: The Evolution of National Parks in Tanzania
Patterns of Predation at Arusha National Park
Village Moral Economy and the New Colonialis?
Epilogue
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