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Assemblages of forest conservation in Tanzania: gradients between chiefs, snakes, spirits and witches

Smith, Thomas Anuerin and Andindilile, William 2017. Assemblages of forest conservation in Tanzania: gradients between chiefs, snakes, spirits and witches. Third World Thematics: A Third World Quarterly Journal 2 (2-3) , pp. 316-337. 10.1080/23802014.2017.1348912

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Abstract

Sacred natural sites are the oldest form of protection for non-human species and landscapes, and remain significant for conservation and development. This paper critically interrogates the role of spiritual worldviews and witchcraft in protected areas. Drawing on research in Mbozi District, Tanzania, we discuss the entanglements between spiritual worldviews, witchcraft, political leadership, religion and non-humans. Adopting assemblage as a conceptual framework offers possibilities to examine the agencies that tangible and intangible forms non-humans and human organisations have in conservation. Employing assemblage concepts including gradients, territorialisation and deterritorialisation, this paper argues for recognition of the complex assemblages between development, conservation and rationality.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 2380-2014
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 2 June 2017
Date of Acceptance: 27 June 2017
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2019 09:02
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/101067

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