Courses: Social and Cultural Theory: The Politics of Biodiversity Conservation (PEACH350B01)
An anthropological insight into the practice of biodiversity conservation will expose students to the intense political and theoretical debates that surround environmental policies that aim to preserve rare flora and fauna. Biodiversity conservation involves modifying human behavior so that people are either encouraged to actively engage in preserving certain species, or to refrain from using specific landscapes that serve as important ecological habitats. Since factors like race/class/gender/ethnicity significantly influence human life, it is of little surprise that such factors also impact how processes of biodiversity conservation are experienced by different groups of people in very different ways. Through ethnographic accounts from South Asia, Eastern Africa, and United States, the course will explore debates regarding fortress model of conservation vs. participatory models of conservation as two contesting models for effective preservation of biodiversity.
Prerequisites: History and Theory of Anthropology
Fulfills: SO I
Haverford, Gest 101