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Natural Enemies

People-Wildlife Conflicts in Anthropological Perspective

Edited by John Knight

Routledge – 2000 – 272 pages

Series: European Association of Social Anthropologists

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Description

Wild animals raid crops, attack livestock, and sometimes threaten people. Conflicts with wildlife are widespread, assume a variety of forms, and elicit a range of human responses. Wildlife pests are frequently demonized and resisted by local communities while routinely 'controlled' by state authorities. However, to the great concern of conservationists, the history of many people-wildlife conflicts lies in human encroachment into wildlife territory.

In Natural Enemies the authors place the analytical focus on the human dimension of these conflicts - an area often neglected by specialists in applied ecology and wildlife management - and on their social and political contexts. Case studies of specific conflicts are drawn from Africa, Asia, Europe and America, and feature an assortment of wild animals, including chimpanzees, elephants, wild pigs, foxes, bears, wolves, pigeons and ducks.

These anthropologists challenge the narrow utilitarian view of wildlife pestilence by revealing the cultural character of many of our 'natural enemies'. Their reports from the 'front-line' expose one fact - human conflict with wildlife is often an expression of conflict between people.

Author Bio

John Knight is Lecturer at the School of Anthropological Studies, Queen's University of Belfast. Since 1987 he has regularly carried out field research in Japanese mountain villages and has published widely on various subjects related to rural Japan, including wildlife.

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  1. Indigenous Peoples

Name: Natural Enemies: People-Wildlife Conflicts in Anthropological Perspective (Paperback)Routledge 
Description: Edited by John Knight. Wild animals raid crops, attack livestock, and sometimes threaten people. Conflicts with wildlife are widespread, assume a variety of forms, and elicit a range of human responses. Wildlife pests are frequently demonized and resisted by local communities...
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