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African Sacred Groves

by Michael J. Sheridan | 11 March 2008
Category: Natural History
Synopsis
In western scholarship, Africa\u2019s so-called sacred forests are often treated as the remains of primeval forests, ethnographic curiosities, or cultural relics from a static precolonial past. Their continuing importance in African societies, however, shows that this \u201crelic theory\u201d is inadequate for understanding current social and ecological dynamics. African Sacred Groves challenges dominant views of these landscape features by redefining the subject matter beyond the compelling yet uninformative term \u201csacred.\u201d The term \u201cethnoforests\u201d incorporates the environmental, social-political, and symbolic aspects of these forests without giving undue primacy to their religious values. This interdisciplinary book by an international group of scholars and conservation practitioners provides a methodological framework for understanding these forests by examining their ecological characteristics, delineating how they relate to social dynamics and historical contexts, exploring their ideological aspects, and evaluating their strengths and weaknesses as sites for community-based resource management and the conservation of cultural and biological diversity.
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Synopsis
In western scholarship, Africa\u2019s so-called sacred forests are often treated as the remains of primeval forests, ethnographic curiosities, or cultural relics from a static precolonial past. Their continuing importance in African societies, however, shows that this \u201crelic theory\u201d is inadequate for understanding current social and ecological dynamics. African Sacred Groves challenges dominant views of these landscape features by redefining the subject matter beyond the compelling yet uninformative term \u201csacred.\u201d The term \u201cethnoforests\u201d incorporates the environmental, social-political, and symbolic aspects of these forests without giving undue primacy to their religious values. This interdisciplinary book by an international group of scholars and conservation practitioners provides a methodological framework for understanding these forests by examining their ecological characteristics, delineating how they relate to social dynamics and historical contexts, exploring their ideological aspects, and evaluating their strengths and weaknesses as sites for community-based resource management and the conservation of cultural and biological diversity.
€77.00
231 Reward Points
Currently out of stock
Delivery in 5-7 Days
Eligible for free delivery

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Product Details

ISBN - 9780821417881
Format -
Publisher -
Published - 11/03/2008
Categories - All, Books, Science and Nature, Nature Books, Natural History
No. of Pages - 240
Weight - 0
Edition - 1
Series - - Not Available
Page Size - 24
Language - en-US
Readership Age - Not Available
Table of Contents - Not Available

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