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Conservation Against Conservation: Contesting Ways of Understanding Forests in Southern Myanmar

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Title:Conservation Against Conservation: Contesting Ways of Understanding Forests in Southern Myanmar
Authors:Flanagan, Brendan
Contributors:Padwe, Jonathan (advisor)
Anthropology (department)
Keywords:Cultural anthropology
Environmental management
Wildlife conservation
Dawei SEZ
Forest conservation
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Karen ethnic group
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Date Issued:2019
Publisher:University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Abstract:In this thesis I seek to provide an understanding of how a specific rural community in Southern Myanmar, the Karen inhabiting the Kamoethway Valley, have come to identify as indigenous protectors of the environment, by paying attention to the strands of history that have produced the current conjuncture. In particular, I aim to show that, when faced with the prospect of exclusion by conservation, engagement with an explicitly environmental indigeneity remains a tactic of considerable nuance for marginalized communities. A central part of my argument will be that the forms of knowledge behind this tactical maneuver are multiple, drawing both upon local tradition and transnational discourses.
Description:M.A. Thesis. Ph.D. Thesis. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa 2019
Pages/Duration:107 pages
Rights:All UHM dissertations and theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission from the copyright owner.
Appears in Collections: M.A. - Anthropology

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