This book offers students and practitioners a sophisticated and convincing framework for rethinking the usual approaches to resource management. It uses case studies to argue that professional resource managers do not take responsibility for the social and environmental consequences of their decisions on the often vulnerable indigenous communities they affect. It also discusses the invisibility of indigenous people' values and knowledge within traditional resource management. It offers a new approach to social impact assessment methods which are more participatory and empowering. The book employs a range of case studies from Australia, North America and Norway.
'This is an important book that will change the way in which students and even professionals think about their subject. As such, it is highly recommended as a core text on all courses dealing with resources and how they are managed. The author is to be congratulated on having done an important service for the field - not least by demonstrating how passionate personal commitment can become essential scholarship.' - Geographical Association