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Parks and People in Postcolonial Societies

Experiences in Southern Africa


Part of the GeoJournal Library book series (GEJL, volume 79)

About this book


Against the background of colonial and postcolonial experiences, this volume shows that power relations and stereotypes embedded in the original Western idea of a national park are a continuing reality of contemporary national and transnational parks. The volume seeks to dispel the myth that colonial beliefs and practices in protected areas have ended with the introduction of ‘new’ nature conservation policies and practices. It explores this continuity against the backdrop of the development of the national park idea in the West, and its trajectories in colonial and postcolonial societies, particularly southern Africa.

This volume analyses the dynamic relations between people and national parks and assesses these in southern Africa against broader experiences in postcolonial societies. It draws examples from a broad range of situations and places. It reinserts issues of prejudices into contemporary national park systems, and accounts for continuities and interruptions in national parks ideals in different contexts. Its interpretation of material transcends the North-South divide.

This volume is accessible to readers from different academic backgrounds. It is of special interest to academics, policymakers and Non-Governmental Organisations. This book can also be used as prescribed or reference material in courses taught at university.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of Cape TownSouth Africa

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Parks and People in Postcolonial Societies
  • Book Subtitle Experiences in Southern Africa
  • Authors M. Ramutsindela
  • Series Title GeoJournal Library
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4020-2842-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-481-6731-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4020-2843-4
  • Series ISSN 0924-5499
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 192
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Human Geography
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