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Title:The elephant in the room: confronting the colonial character of wildlife conservation in Africa.
Author:Garland, Elizabeth
Year:2008
Periodical:African Studies Review
Volume:51
Issue:3
Pages:51-74
Language:English
Geographic terms:Africa
Gabon
Tanzania
Subjects:wildlife protection
international cooperation
Abstract:This article draws attention to the structural inequalities that characterize the position of Africans within the global symbolic and political economies of African wildlife conservation, and theorizes these inequalities in ways that move beyond the critique of conservation as simply a colonial or neocolonial imposition. Conceptualizing wildlife conservation in Africa as a mode of global capitalist production, the article argues both for broadening the analytic lens through which the effects of conservation on Africa are assessed, and for redressing the global power dynamics that currently surround the protection of African wild animals. The author recounts two cases that evoke the transnational power dynamics characteristic of the contemporary African conservation field, one concerning Tanzania's Gombe Stream National Park, the other the creation of a network of national parks in Gabon. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]