Anthropology and conservation

Discussion date:

5 June 2018

Discussion Description:

Anthropology and conservation have had a long-running and sometimes problematic relationship. This session looks at how this relationship has been construed over time and from different perspectives, what overlaps, gaps and conflicts exist between the two fields, and how this relationship can develop further.


Brosius, P. 1999. Analyses and Interventions Anthropological Engagements with Environmentalism. Current Anthropology 40(3):277-309.

Larsen, P. B. 2016. The Good, the Ugly and the Dirty Harry’s of Conservation: Rethinking the Anthropology of Conservation NGOs. Conservation and Society 14(1):21-33.

Peterson et al. 2010. Seeing (and Doing) Conservation Through Cultural Lenses. Environmental Management 45:5-18.

Redford, K. 2018. Misreading the Conservation Landscape. In: P. B. Larsen and D. Brockington (eds.): The Anthropology of Conservation NGOs: Rethinking the Boundaries. Palgrave McMillan, pp. 227-241. (The chapter is an updated version of an article appearing in Oryx 45(3) in 2011.)

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