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
Number of pages: 392
Weight: 549 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 24 mm
"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 Anthropology *
"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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