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Environmental Conservation through Ubuntu and Other Emerging Perspectives

Munyaradzi Mawere

Publication Year: 2013

In spite of its surging popularity with scholars and environment conservation and management aid experts, scientific environmental epistemology does not seem to be the answer to the forestry and environmental problems that Africa is facing. Due to the lasting impacts of colonialism and therefore Western scientism on Africa, at the core of the conservation dilemma lies the conflict between scientific conservation epistemologies and ëlocalí/ëindigenousí conservation epistemologies with the latter being the localsí potential workable solution to the environmental problems haunting the continent. It is in view of these circumstances that this book was born. The book is a clarion call for the revival and reinstitution of indigenous conservation and management epistemologies, not as a challenge to Western scientific conservation epistemologies, but to complement efforts by Western science in easing the tapestry of environmental problems that haunt Africa and the rest of the world. This is a valuable book for environmental conservationists, land resource managers, political/social ecologists, environmentalists, environmental anthropologists, environmental field workers and technicians, and practitioners and students of conservation sciences.

Published by: African Books Collective


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Title page, Copyright Page

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pp. i-iv


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pp. v-vi


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pp. vii-viii

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pp. ix-xii

Environment Conservation through Ubuntu and Other Emerging Perspectives generally argues for the reinstitution of indigenous African conservation methodologies and epistemologies to complement Western science in its attempts to easy the...

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Environment Conservation through Ubuntu and Emerging Perspectives: An Introduction

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pp. xiii-xxiv

It appears odd to start a book on environmental conservation and management by having a glimpse at a survey of literature on Ancient history. However, for readers to gain a thorough appreciation of the contribution of this book – i.e. why it is...

Part I

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Chapter 1: Pre-colonial Environmental Conservation and Management Strategies in Africa: A Brief Overview

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pp. 3-30

It is an undeniable historical fact that with the advent of colonialism and the influence of Western ‘civilization’ in Africa, the Africans’ daily practices, knowledge systems, values, needs, relationships with the environment, experiences and way of life in general were significantly...

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Chapter 2: Environment conservation in Africa: From the Dawn of Colonialism

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pp. 31-60

During the colonial era in Africa, many societies saw their pre-colonial indigenous environment conservation and management systems distorted and in many other cases relegated as backward and unscientific. Though in varying...

Part II

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Chapter 3 - Re-theorizing the environment conservation debate in Africa: A closer look at Zimbabwe

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pp. 63-80

The discourse on “environmental conservation” is highly dynamic and has swirled controversies of epic proportions in conservation sciences, environmental anthropology and knowledge studies. Given the muddled nature of conservation, coupled with the varying interpretations evoked...

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Chapter 4 - ‘Ubuntu /unhu’ and Environmental Conservation in Africa: A Remedy to the Current Conservation Crisis?

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pp. 81-106

In Africa and beyond, especially at the turn of the millennium, there have been concerted debates [both oral and written] on the ‘actual’ causes of environmental problems we are facing today. Boggled by the same conundrum, Zimbabwean scientists/researchers like those of many other...

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Chapter 5 - Leveraging Sustainable Environmental Conservation and Management in Africa: Other Emerging Perspectives from Within

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pp. 107-124

Debates in conservation sciences and environmental anthropology, particularly on the so-called “indigenous knowledge (IK)-science” divide remain highly volatile and a potentially explosive terrain. Consequently, a manifold of interpretations and constructions of the relationship between...


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pp. 125-126


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pp. 127-152

Back cover

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p. BC-BC

E-ISBN-13: 9789956791668
Print-ISBN-13: 9789956791293

Page Count: 176
Publication Year: 2013