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- DescriptionShared concern for nature can be a way of transcending national, ethnic, religious, and cultural boundaries, yet conservation efforts often pit the interests of historically rooted or indigeus peoples against the state and international environmental organizations, eroding local automy while saving rural land for animals and tourists. Wild Sardinia's examination of the cultural politics around nature conservation and the traditional Commons on an Italian island illustrates the complexities of environmental stewardship. Long kwn as the home of fiercely independent shepherds (often typecast as rustics, bandits, or eco-vandals), as well as wild mouflon sheep, magnificent eagles, and rare old oak forests, the town of Orgosolo has for several decades received toriety through local opposition to Gennargentu National Park. Interweaving rich ethgraphic description of highland central Sardinia with analysis grounded in political ecology and reflexive cultural critique, Wild Sardinia illuminates the ambivalent and open-ended meanings of many Sardinians' acts and memories of resistance to environmental projects. This groundbreaking case study of the tension between living cultural landscapes and the emerging ecological imaginaries envisioned through policy discourses and new media -- the global dreamtimes of environmentalism -- has relevance far beyond its Mediterranean locale.
- Author(s)Tracey Heatherington
- PublisherUniversity of Washington Press
- Date of Publication18/02/2010
- SubjectEnvironment & Planning
- Series TitleCulture, Place, and Nature
- Place of PublicationWashington
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Washington Press
- Content Note5 illus.
- Weight477 g
- Width161 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine21 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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