Keller, E (2008). The banana plant and the moon: Conservation and the Malagasy ethos of life in Masoala, Madagascar. American Ethnologist, 35(4):650-664.
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For people in rural Madagascar, the growth of one's kin group and the joint processes of movement and anchorage in the land are fundamental aspects of a successful life. In this article, I examine the clash between the Malagasy ethos of growth and the canonical conservationist ethos of static equilibrium. I argue that biodiversity conservation on the Masoala peninsula leaves local people with a sense of having been defeated in the purpose of life as they understand it. I further suggest that, in the case of people of slave descent, such defeat reverses the historical process of shedding slave status. [Madagascar, Masoala, conservation, national parks, concepts of growth, slavery]
|Item Type:||Journal Article, refereed, original work|
|Communities & Collections:||06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies|
|DDC:||790 Sports, games & entertainment
390 Customs, etiquette & folklore
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
|Deposited On:||18 Feb 2009 16:46|
|Last Modified:||05 Jun 2014 09:42|
|Citations:||Web of Science®. Times Cited: 20|
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