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STEPS Seminar: Bram Büscher on Transforming the Frontier: Peace Parks and the Politics of Neoliberal Conservation in Southern Africa
16th October 2013 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pmFree
Bram Büscher talks about the themes covered in his recently published book, Transforming the Frontier: Peace Parks and the Politics of Neoliberal Conservation in Southern Africa (Duke University Press). All welcome.
You can watch a video of Bram introducing his book on his website.
Associate Professor of Environment and Sustainable Development at the Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University. I also hold appointments as a visiting Associate Professor at the Department of Geography, Environmental Management and Energy Studies of the University of Johannesburg and a Research Associate at the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology of Stellenbosch University
About the book:
International peace parks—transnational conservation areas established and managed by two or more countries—have become a popular ways of protecting biodiversity while promoting international cooperation and regional development. In Transforming the Frontier, Bram Büscher shows how cross-border conservation neatly reflects the neoliberal political economy in which it developed.
Drawing on extensive research in Southern Africa with the Maloti-Drakensberg Transfrontier Conservation and Development Project, Büscher explains how the successful promotion of transfrontier conservation as a “win-win” solution happens not only in spite of troubling contradictions and problems, but indeed because of them. This is what he refers to as the “politics of neoliberal conservation,” which receives its strength from effectively combining strategies of consensus, anti-politics, and marketing. Drawing on long-term, multi-level ethnographic research, Büscher argues that transfrontier conservation projects are not as concerned with on-the-ground development as they are purported to be. Instead, they are reframing environmental protection and sustainable development to fit an increasingly contradictory world order.