Fortress Conservation

Fortress Conservation

The Preservation of the Mkomazi Game Reserve, Tanzania
Dan D. Brockington
Distribution: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvado
Publication date: 06/14/2002
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-21520-8
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Do cattle destroy a wilderness? Does a wilderness need to be devoid of people in order to be "saved"? In this hard-hitting book, Dan Brockington argues that the dominant approach to wildlife conservation in Africa has more to do with Western views of the environment than with what is appropriate for African people and herds. He focuses on the Tanzanian government’s decision to evict people and cattle from the Mkomazi Game Reserve in 1988, but he also considers damaging, harmful, and unjust conservation efforts across the continent. Extensive fieldwork and archival investigations enable the author to elucidate the history of the Mkomazi reserve, assess competing explanations of the environmental dynamics of the reserve, and show the negative effects of exclusion on local populations and the regional economy.

Author Bio

Dan Brockington is a Research Fellow at New Hall, Cambridge.

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Table of Contents

Preliminary Table of Contents:

Part 1. Histories
The History of the Plains
"We Just Left It": Contest over the Plains up to 1953
The History of the Reserves
Part 2. Environments
Environmental Degradation
Part 3. People
Regional Consequences
Benefits and Resistance
A Desert Strange