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Decolonizing Nature: Strategies for Conservation in a Postcolonial Era


By: William Adams and Martin Mulligan

308 pages, Figs


Paperback | Dec 2002 | #136582 | ISBN: 1853837490
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Hardback | Dec 2002 | #136580 | ISBN: 1853837504
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About this book

Explores the enduring influence of the colonial legacy on attitudes about relationships between people and nature in countries that were once part of the British Empire. Addresses questions about the importance of conservation in these countries in the C21.

'Prepare to have your comfortable assumptions challenged.' Bulletin of the British Ecological Society 'This is an important book which argues conservationists to understand and move beyond the colonial baggage still influencing their work.' ECOS 'This book provides readers with a greater perspective on the history and significance of worldwide conservation policies that guide world leaders today when issues of sustainability are before them' Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and library volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden. Current Books on Gardening and Botany, June 2004. 'Decolonizing Nature presents current and future directions for conservation planning in the developed and developing worlds.' Brian H. King, University of Colorado, Boulder. Geographical Reviews.


Introduction; Nature and the Colonial Mind; Decolonizing Relationships with Nature; The Wild, the Market, and the Native: Indigenous People Face New Forms of Global Colonization; Sharing South African National Parks; Devolving Wildlife Management in Southern Africa; Reconfiguring Scottish Nature; An Australian Perspective; Classifying the European Landscape; Conservation Work in Australia; Beyond Preservation: The Challenge of Ecological Restoration; When Nature Won't Stand Still; Feet to the Ground in Storied Landscapes; Conclusions; Bibliography, Index

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Bill Adams is Reader in Conservation and Development at the University of Cambridge. He is author of FutureNature (Earthscan) and Wasting the Rain (Earthscan). Martin Mulligan is Senior Lecturer at the University of Western Sydney and general editor of the journal Ecopolitics: Thought & Action.

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