Seeing the National Park from Outside It: On an African Epistemology of Nature
Author(s)Mavhunga, Clapperton Chakanetsa
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This paper explores the concept of “nature” from the perspective of African meanings and practices that national parks or game reserves found in existence, displaced to “the other side of the fence,” and criminalised as poaching during and after the colonial moment. Focusing on the vaShona people of Zimbabwe, the paper aims to locate these practices within a broader spiritually-grounded relationship between people, animals, forests, mountains, and the natural environment.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Program in Science, Technology and Society
Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society
Mavhunga, Clapperton Chakanetsa. “Seeing the National Park from Outside It: On an African Epistemology of Nature.” In: “The Edges of Environmental History: Honouring Jane Carruthers,” edited by Christof Mauch and Libby Robin , RCC Perspectives 2014, no. 1, 53–60.
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