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Are East African Pastoralists Truly Conservationists?

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dc.contributor.author Ruttan, Lore M.
dc.contributor.author Borgerhoff Mulder, M.
dc.date.accessioned 2009-10-13T19:50:20Z
dc.date.available 2009-10-13T19:50:20Z
dc.date.issued 1999 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/5027
dc.description.abstract "Controversy exists among anthropologists,conservation biolo-gists,and development workers as to whether the concept of the 'ecologically noble savage' is a myth. Central to this debate are the problem of how to identify conservationist behavior and the issue of whether sound management of common property is likely to evolve. While social scientists have documented in-stances of restraint in the use of resources, those who adopt an evolutionary perspective are challenged to identify the selective mechanisms whereby such altruistic conservation acts might be maintained in a population. Here a game theoretical approach is used to analyze the case of pastoralist grazing reserves. We demonstrate that under some conditions conservation can be the result of narrow self-interest and there is no collective-action problem. However, the range of these conditions is much broader for wealthy individuals, and thus the wealthy may also find it advantageous to coerce others into conserving. In conclusion, we propose an extension of the definition of conservation that is of greater generality for use in non foraging populations and incorporates the essential political element of how conflicts over resource use are resolved." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject modeling en_US
dc.subject pastoralism en_US
dc.subject game theory--models en_US
dc.subject grazing--case studies en_US
dc.subject performance en_US
dc.subject.classification Anthropology en_US
dc.title Are East African Pastoralists Truly Conservationists? en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.type.methodology Modeling en_US
dc.coverage.region Africa en_US
dc.coverage.country Tanzania en_US
dc.subject.sector Grazing en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Current Anthropology en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 40 en_US
dc.identifier.citationpages 621-652 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 5 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth May en_US

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