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Conversations in the Rainforest: Culture, Values, and the Environment in Central Africa


By: Richard B Peterson

Westview Press

Paperback | Dec 2002 | #116777 | ISBN: 0813338743
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Peterson interweaves the ideas of African and Africanist historians, theologians, anthropologists, philosophers, writers, and ecologists with a series of remarkable conversations he shared with inhabitants of the rainforests of the Democratic Republic of Congo.


Conservation for whom?; The limitations of imported knowledge; thinking about our thinking; the limitations of indigenous technical knowledge; decolonizing the mind - beyond ITK toward Afrocentricity; Afrocentricity and the environment; the tale of the microhydro and the Mami Wata; bridge blueprints; Central African land ethics - theoretical questions and research perspectives; ecology, values, and value transformation; environmental ethics in global perspective; environmental ethics in Central Africa; universalism and pluralism: the "one/many problem"; is nature normative? premodern world views and postmodern ecological science; premodern world views and the nature-culture relationship; ecological science and the nature-culture relationship; What Is Africa? listening to local people's voices; so what? central African environmental ethics and environmental justice; repair and reconstruction - signs of hope grounded in African soil; methods and research process; conversation, lived experience, and radical empiricism; focus groups; narrative and interpretation; summary and conclusion; narratives on nature - an opening conversation with Ubangian farmers; a narrative approach; Loko - amid forest and savanna; Bogofo - an initial group discussion; conclusion; parts of a whole - nature, society, and cosmology in the Ubangi; making a living - implicit means of conservation; diversification of the household economy; integration and periodicity of resource use; rotational harvesting of game and fish; sanctions against waste; optimizing, not maximizing, production; benign technologies; production for consumption more than for markets; controls on population growth; living with neighbours - the individual-community relationship; (Part contents)

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