Natural Enemies: People-Wildlife Conflicts in Anthropological Perspective

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2001-01-26
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Wild animals and pests raid crops, attack livestock, and can threaten people. Conflicts with wildlife are widespread, assume a variety of forms, and elicit a range of human responses. For the anthropologists, people-wildlife conflicts readily invite symbolic analysis. This volume examines people-wildlife conflicts in Europe, Africa and Asia from an anthropological perspective.

Author Biography

Ben Campbell lectures at the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Manchester and at the School of Social Relations, Keele University. John Knight is Lecturer in Social Anthropology at Queen's University Belfast Axel Kohler holds a research post at the Centre for Mexican and Central American Studies in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico Galina Lindquist is Research Fellow and part-time Lecturer in the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Stockholm Garry Marvin is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Surrey Roehampton Kay Milton is Reader in Social Anthropology at Queen's University Belfast. Brian Morris teaches anthropology at Goldsmiths College, University of London Paul Richards is Professor of Anthropology at University College London and Chair of the Technology and Agrarian Development (TAO) Group at Wageningen University, The Netherlands Simon Rye is a researcher at the Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo S. Hoon Song is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago. He is also Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at George Washington University (Washington, DC)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Editor's preface ix
John Knight
Wildlife depredations in Malawi: the historical dimension
Brian Morris
Half-man, half-elephant: shapeshifting among the Baka of Congo
Axel Kohler
Chimpanzees as political animals in Sierra Leone
Paul Richards
Wild pigs, `pig-men' and transmigrants in the rainforest of Sumatra
Simon Rye
Animals behaving badly: indigenous perceptions of wildlife protection in Nepal
Ben Campbell
Culling demons: the problem of bears in Japan
John Knight
The wolf, the Saami and the urban shaman: predator symbolism in Sweden
Galina Lindquist
The problem of foxes: legitimate and illegitimate killing in the English countryside
Garry Marvin
The Great Pigeon Massacre in a deindustrializing American region
S. Hoon Song
Ducks out of water: nature conservation as boundary maintenance
Kay Milton
Index 249

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