An Ecology of Knowledges

9781478006107: Hardback
Release Date: 1st May 2020

9781478006916: Paperback
Release Date: 1st May 2020

28 illustrations, incl. 8 in color

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 320

Series Experimental Futures

Duke University Press Books

An Ecology of Knowledges

Fear, Love, and Technoscience in Guatemalan Forest Conservation

Micha Rahder explores how multiple ways of knowing the forest of Guatemala's Maya Biosphere Reserve shape conservation practice, local livelihoods, and landscapes.
Hardback / £90.00
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Paperback / £22.99
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Guatemala's Maya Biosphere Reserve (MBR), the largest protected area in Central America, is characterized by rampant violence, social and ethnic inequality, and rapid deforestation. Faced with these threats, local residents, conservationists, scientists, and NGOs in the region work within what Micha Rahder calls “an ecology of knowledges,” in which interventions on the MBR landscape are tied to differing and sometimes competing forms of knowing. In this book, Rahder examines how technoscience, endemic violence, and an embodied love of wild species and places shape conservation practices in Guatemala. Rahder highlights how different forms of environmental knowledge emerge from encounters and relations between humans and nonhumans, institutions and local actors, and how situated ways of knowing impact conservation practices and natural places, often in unexpected and unintended ways. In so doing, she opens up new ways of thinking about the complexities of environmental knowledge and conservation in the context of instability, inequality, and violence around the world.

Micha Rahder is an independent scholar in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.