Extending perspectivism to India's 'last wild place': the ontology of wildlife and its flourishing and decline in the Eastern Himalayas

Aisher, Alex (2016) Extending perspectivism to India's 'last wild place': the ontology of wildlife and its flourishing and decline in the Eastern Himalayas. In: Commoditizing the “Wild”: Natural Resource Commodity Chains and Discourses about their Ecological Consequences (18th to 21st Centuries), May 2, 2016, Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, Apostelnkloster 13-15, 50672 Cologne.

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Abstract

Engaging recent debates about perspectivism and multinaturalism this paper explores ritualised perceptions of the commodity chains linking forest animals to human hunters in the remote uplands of Arunachal Pradesh in the Eastern Himalayas 'biodiversity hotspot'. The paper will explore how the multiple perspectives of Nyishi hunters and the spirit masters upholding critical landscape processes and the flourishing of forest animals translate into property rights and the vertical division of the landscape into human-owned and spirit-owned lands.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: Wildlife; conservation; perspectivism; commodity chains; ritual; Eastern Himalayas
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Anthropology
Research Centres and Groups: Centre for World Environmental History
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH0001 Natural history (General) > QH0075 Nature conservation
Depositing User: Alex Aisher
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2017 14:26
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2017 14:26
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/66320
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