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Hunting with Polar Bears: Questioning Assumptions of Passive Property

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dc.contributor.author Dowsley, Martha en_US
dc.contributor.author Schmidt, J. J. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:34:53Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:34:53Z
dc.date.issued 2008 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2008-10-24 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2008-10-24 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/1176
dc.description.abstract "Research in Canada's Arctic reveals that Inuit conceptualize both hunters and polar bears as active participants of the hunt and as part of a larger socio-economic system requiring the involvement of both humans and animals. The Inuit viewpoint creates serious conflicts with Western wildlife management systems that utilize a more traditional common property approach. This finding calls into question assumptions in common pool resource theories that treat natural resources as inherently passive and fully available for human appropriation. In fact, when polar bears are understood as active participants in the hunt, the rights of use, exclusion and transfer typically associated with property ownership in Western thought require significant revision. In this paper we present an argument for the incorporation of natural resources as worthy of consideration in common pool resource decisions and identify how a tenure system of active relationships operates in Arctic Canada. We offer this argument as one example of how a common pool resource may be managed within a larger socio-economic system without the attendant assumption that natural resources exist passively outside of ownership regimes." en_US
dc.subject polar bears en_US
dc.subject wildlife en_US
dc.subject natural resources en_US
dc.title Hunting with Polar Bears: Questioning Assumptions of Passive Property en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.coverage.region North America en_US
dc.coverage.country Canada en_US
dc.subject.sector Wildlife en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth July en_US
dc.identifier.citationconference Governing Shared Resources: Connecting Local Experience to Global Challenges, the Twelfth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Commons en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfdates July 14-18, 2008 en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfloc Cheltenham, England en_US
dc.submitter.email elsa_jin@yahoo.com en_US

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