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New Architecture, Old Agendas: Perspectives on Social Research in Rural Communities Neighbouring the Kruger National Park

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Tapela, Barbara; Makuleke, Lamson; Mavhunga, Clapperton
Journal: Conservation and Society
Volume: 5
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Date: 2007
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/3035
Sector: Social Organization
Forestry
Region: Africa
Subject(s): Kruger National Park
community
resource management
participatory management
Abstract: "This paper presents a summary of the views expressed by individual local people and community 'representatives' prior to, during and after the Indaba on Social Research and Protected Areas: Towards Equitable Best Practice and Community Empowerment held at Skukuza (KNP) from 29 March to 3 April 2005 (from hence referred to as the 'Indaba'). The paper also examines 'inter alia' the process through which various local voices have become cast as community voices that social researchers will engage with in developing 'equitable best practice' and 'community empowerment.' The closing argument is that the premise by the emerging architectures framework of engagement on the notion of community is in itself problematic in that it obscures the conflation of various overlapping, competing, complementary and conflicting individual and group perceptions and interests within heterogeneous communities."

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