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Title:Adaptive livelihood strategies in conservation-induced displacement: the case of the Baka of east Cameroon
Author:Awuh, Harrison Esam
Periodical:African Studies Review (ISSN 1555-2462)
Geographic term:Cameroon
Subjects:nature conservation
displaced persons
social networks
External link:https://doi.org/10.1017/asr.2015.41
Abstract:This article utilizes the Actor Network Theory (ANT) to guide thinking about the relationship between nature and society and how this relationship is severed by conservation-induced displacement. ANT's view of interconnectivity between networks is used to argue that a network is only stable as long as actors remain faithful to it. In the case of the displaced Baka people of the Dja reserve area in east Cameroon, resistance to conservation through adaptive practices following displacement, reversed or disrupted the socially predetermined order of their network, which in this case meant marginalization of the displaced. The marginal scale of the adaptation to change raises doubts over the sustainability of adaptation to post-displacement livelihoods. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]