Beyond the Sacred Forest: Complicating Conservation in Southeast Asia - New Ecologies for the Twenty-First Century (Hardback)
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Beyond the Sacred Forest: Complicating Conservation in Southeast Asia - New Ecologies for the Twenty-First Century (Hardback)

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Reflecting new thinking about conservation in Southeast Asia, Beyond the Sacred Forest is the product of a unique, decade-long, interdisciplinary collaboration involving research in Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. Scholars from these countries and the United States rethink the translation of environmental concepts between East and West, particularly ideas of nature and culture; the meaning of conservation; and the ways that conservation policy is applied and transformed in the everyday landscapes of Southeast Asia. The contributors focus more on folk, community, and vernacular conservation discourses than on those of formal institutions and the state. They reject the notion that conservation only takes place in bounded, static, otherworldly spaces such as protected areas or sacred forests. Thick with ethnographic detail, their essays move beyond the forest to agriculture and other land uses, leave behind orthodox notions of the sacred, discard outdated ideas of environmental harmony and stasis, and reject views of the environment that seek to avoid or escape politics. Natural-resource managers and policymakers who work with this more complicated vision of nature and culture are likely to enjoy more enduring success than those who simply seek to remove the influence and impact of humans from conserved landscapes. As many of the essays suggest, this requires the ability to manage contradictions, to relinquish orthodox ideas of what conservation looks like, and to practice continuously adaptive management techniques.

Contributors. Upik Djalins, Amity A. Doolittle, Michael R. Dove, Levita Duhaylungsod, Emily E. Harwell, Jeyamalar Kathirithamby-Wells, Lye Tuck-Po, Percy E. Sajise, Endah Sulistyawati, Yunita T. Winarto

Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 9780822347811
Number of pages: 392
Weight: 685 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Complicating Conservation in Southeast Asia is a sophisticated and thoughtful engagement with fundamental conceptual pillars of modern-day conservation politics. Based on sustained and systematic field-based studies enriched by deep theoretical development, this book's ideas will educate students and decision makers alike as they grapple with the meanings of progress, justice, and sustainability as shaped via the complex interplay among nature, power, and culture."-Arun Agrawal, author of Environmentality: Technologies of Government and the Making of Subjects
"Beyond the Sacred Forest offers an admirable interdisciplinary and collaborative effort focussed on conservation in the Southeast Asian region. The overarching argument is that attention to social, political, historical and economic issues is critical to understanding outcomes from conservation initiatives. . . . Overall, this collection will stand on the strength of its impressive interdisciplinarity and collaborative effort, which will offer a solid resource and research model for scholars of the region as well as for resource managers and development practitioners." -- Sarinda Singh * Anthropological Forum *
"Most chapters in this volume provide an empirically rich and theoretically grounded account of the complexity of national and local environmental politics at the interface of forest and agriculture in Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines, and will be welcomed by many scholars, students and decision-makers in the field of natural resource conservation." -- Andreas Neef * Southeast Asian Studies *
"This dense and rich book reminds readers that conservation is difficult to reduce to predefined concepts of social agency or environmental quality. The obvious readers will be scholars of political ecology, development and anthropology. But its message should be communicated more broadly: simplistic approaches to conservation lack accuracy; and transferable lessons can be drawn from contextual work." -- Tim Forsyth * Journal of Southeast Asian Studies *
"Beyond the Sacred Forest: Complicating Conservation in Southeast Asia presents an extensive and well researched critique on conservation strategies in Southeast Asia. ... [It] is a commendable book for students and managers of conservation and sustainable development programs." -- Henry Chan * Asian Anthropologist *
"Beyond the Sacred Forest develops new perspectives and insights about how conservation policy and practice can no longer afford to achieve its objectives by reinvesting in older, dualistic categories that oversimplify the process and outcomes of local interventions. The book represents an excellent attempt to move conservation thinking and practice beyond its colonial-era hangover." -- Wolfram Dressler * Pacific Affairs *
"The overall quality of the scholarship and the writing in Beyond the Sacred Forest is very high, and the book will be of interest to scholars and practitioners working on conservation, natural resource management, and agrarian political economy in Southeast Asia and beyond. . . . In setting up the volume, the editors do not give their contributors a set of marching orders; rather, they lay out the broad contours of a field of research and allow the chapters to take their places within it. This approach to framing the chapters complements the book's commitment to interdisciplinarity and its argument that deviations from master plans, skepticism about equilibrium states, and conflict are all potentially positive and productive." -- Derek Hall * Sojourn *

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