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Author West, Paige, 1969- author.

Title Conservation is our government now : the politics of ecology in Papua New Guinea / Paige West
Published Durham : Duke University Press, 2006
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Description 1 online resource (xxx, 320 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series New ecologies for the twenty-first century
New ecologies for the twenty-first century.
Contents New Guinea-New York -- Making Crater Mountain -- Articulations, histories, development -- Conservation histories -- A land of pure possibility -- The practices of conservation-as-development -- Exchanging conservation for development
Summary A significant contribution to political ecology, Conservation Is Our Government Now is an ethnographic examination of the history and social effects of conservation and development efforts in Papua New Guinea. Drawing on extensive fieldwork conducted over a period of seven years, Paige West focuses on the Crater Mountain Wildlife Management Area, the site of a biodiversity conservation project implemented between 1994 and 1999. She describes the interactions between those who ran the program--mostly ngo workers--and the Gimi people who live in the forests surrounding Crater Mountain. West shows that throughout the project there was a profound disconnect between the goals of the two groups. The ngo workers thought that they would encourage conservation and cultivate development by teaching Gimi to value biodiversity as an economic resource. The villagers expected that in exchange for the land, labor, food, and friendship they offered the conservation workers, they would receive benefits, such as medicine and technology. In the end, the divergent nature of each group's expectations led to disappointment for both. West reveals how every aspect of the Crater Mountain Wildlife Management Area--including ideas of space, place, environment, and society--was socially produced, created by changing configurations of ideas, actions, and material relations not only in Papua New Guinea but also in other locations around the world. Complicating many of the assumptions about nature, culture, and development underlying contemporary conservation efforts, Conservation Is Our Government Now demonstrates the unique capacity of ethnography to illuminate the relationship between the global and the local, between transnational processes and individual lives
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 279-309) and index
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In Duke backfile
Subject Conservation of natural resources -- Papua New Guinea
Gimi (Papua New Guinean people) -- Economic conditions
Gimi (Papua New Guinean people) -- Psychology
Gimi (Papua New Guinean people) -- Social conditions
Indigenous peoples -- Ecology -- Papua New Guinea
Sustainable development -- Papua New Guinea
Wildlife management areas -- Papua New Guinea
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS -- Development -- Sustainable Development.
Conservation of natural resources.
Economic history.
Indigenous peoples -- Ecology.
NATURE -- Environmental Conservation & Protection.
Soziale Situation
Sustainable development.
Wildlife management areas.
Wildlife management.
Wirtschaftliche Lage
Papua New Guinea -- Economic conditions.
Papua New Guinea -- Environmental conditions
Papua New Guinea.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0822337126