Grantham Supervisor Professor Frances Cleaver has co-authored a new paper with Dr Brock Bersaglio.
Bersaglio, B. and Cleaver, F. (2018). Green grab by bricolage – the institutional workings of community conservancies in Kenya. Conservation and Society, ahead of print. DOI: 10.4103/cs.cs_16_144.
This article discusses a community-based wildlife conservation model in Kenya that is internationally acclaimed as socially progressive but threatens the collective sovereignty of indigenous livestock keepers. Bersaglio and Cleaver reveal how biases, inequalities, and power relationships at the societal level get built into wildlife conservation institutions that are supposed to be based on indigenous approaches to natural resource management: This, in turn, subtly erodes the land rights and livelihoods of local communities under the guise of social progress.
It is worth reading this article for its rich and detailed insights into community conservancies in Kenya as well as for its ideas about how political agency and social structures interact through institutions to (re)produce latent forms of discrimination, inequality, and oppression.
You can read more about the paper here