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Moral Ecologies

Histories of Conservation, Dispossession and Resistance

  • Carl J. Griffin
  • Roy Jones
  • Iain J. M. Robertson

Part of the Palgrave Studies in World Environmental History book series (PSWEH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Carl J. Griffin, Roy Jones, Iain J. M. Robertson
    Pages 1-34
  3. Conservation as Dispossession

  4. Conservation as Occupation

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 299-306

About this book


This book offers the first systematic study of how elite conservation schemes and policies define once customary and vernacular forms of managing common resources as banditry—and how the ‘bandits’ fight back. Drawing inspiration from Karl Jacoby’s seminal Crimes against Nature, this book takes Jacoby’s moral ecology and extends the concept beyond the founding of American national parks. From eighteenth-century Europe, through settler colonialism in Africa, Australia and the Americas, to postcolonial Asia and Australia, Moral Ecologies takes a global stance and a deep temporal perspective, examining how the language and practices of conservation often dispossess Indigenous peoples and settlers, and how those groups resist in everyday ways. Drawing together archaeologists, anthropologists, geographers and historians, this is a methodologically diverse and conceptually innovative study that will appeal to anyone interested in the politics of conservation, protest and environmental history.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Carl J. Griffin
    • 1
  • Roy Jones
    • 2
  • Iain J. M. Robertson
    • 3
  1. 1.University of SussexBrightonUK
  2. 2.Curtin UniversityPerthAustralia
  3. 3.University of the Highlands and IslandsDornochUK

About the editors

Carl J. Griffin is Professor of Historical Geography at the University of Sussex, UK.

Roy Jones is Emeritus Professor of Geography at Curtin University, Perth, Australia.

Iain J. M. Robertson is Reader in History at the University of the Highlands and Islands, UK.

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