Award for book featuring rewilding research!

The book „Conservation, Markets & the Environment in Southern and Eastern Africa. Commodifying the ‘Wild’” edited by Michael Bollig, Alfons Wabahe Mosimane, Romie Vonkie Nghitevelekwa and Selma Mekondjo Lendelvo has been granted the 2023 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title Award!

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This open-access collection of eighteen contributions discusses the commodification of wildlife and plants in and out conservation landscapes in Southern and Eastern Africa. It features the research of several members, affiliated researchers and partners of the ERC-funded project Rewilding the Anthropocene and the associated Collaborative Research Center 228 “Future Rural Africa”, including:

Chapter 1 – Introduction: Practices, discourses, and materialities surrounding the commodification of the ‘Wild’                                                                                                                                                                                        By Michael Bollig, Linus Kalvelage, Léa Lacan, Selma Lendelvo, Alfons Mosimane, and Romie Nghitevelekwa

Chapter 2 – Fetishizing the ‘Wild’: Conservation, commodities and capitalism                                                       By Clemens Greiner and Michael Bollig

Chapter 3 – Value Chains and Global Production Networks: Conceptual considerations and economic development in the ‘Wild’                                                                                                                                                 By Javier Revilla-Diez, Carolin Hulke, and Linus Kalvelage

Chapter 5 – Transfrontier Conservation Governance, Commodification of Nature, and the New Dynamics of Sovereignty in Namibia                                                                                                                                                      By Johannes Dittmann and Detlef Müller-Mahn

Chapter 8 – From Forest to National Resource: Forest conservation and state power in Baringo, Kenya           By Léa Lacan

Chapter 10 – The Gum Arabic Business: Modernization of production in north-eastern Nigeria                        By Hauke-Peter Vehrs and Ibrahim Maina Wazirii

Chapter 13 – Hunting for Development: Global production networks and the commodification of wildlife in Namibia                                                                                                                                                                                 By Linus Kalvelage

Chapter 14 – Women in Rural Northern Namibia and the Commodification of Indigenous Natural Products By Romie Nghitevelekwa, Selma Lendelvo, and Martin Shapi

Chapter 15 – Conservation, Traditional Authorities, and the Commodification of the ‘Wild’: a Namibian perspective                                                                                                                                                                           By Alfons Mosimane, Kenneth Matengu, and Michael Bollig

Chapter 16 – Commodification of Wildlife Resources in the Okavango Delta, Botswana                                     By Joseph E. Mbaiwa

Chapter 18 – Conclusions: Commodifying the ‘Wild’ – Where do we go from here?                                             By Léa Lacan, Linus Kalvelage, Selma Lendelvo, Alfons Mosimane, Romie Nghitevelekwa and Michael Bollig

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