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African sacred groves : ecological dynamics & social change

Author: Michael J Sheridan; Celia Nyamweru
Publisher: Oxford : James Currey, 2008.
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A multi-disciplinary volume examining the continuing importance sacred groves and forests in African society.
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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
African sacred groves.
Oxford : James Currey, 2008
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael J Sheridan; Celia Nyamweru
ISBN: 9781847014016 1847014011 1847014003 9781847014009 0821417886 9780821417881 0821417894 9780821417898 9781868884940 1868884945
OCLC Number: 156891495
Description: x, 230 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction / Celia Nyamweru and Michael J. Sheridan --
2. Dynamics of African Sacred Groves: Ecological, Social & Symbolic Processes / Michael J. Sheridan --
pt. 1. Human Ecology of Sacred Groves --
3. Role of Sacred Groves in Biodiversity Conservation in Sierra Leone / Aiah Lebbie and Raymond P. Guries --
4. Kaya Forests of Coastal Kenya: 'Remnant Patches' or Dynamic Entities? / Celia Nyamweru, Staline Kibet, Mohammed Pakia and John A. Cooke --
5. Sacred Groves in Morocco: Vegetation Mosaics & Biological Values / Ulrich Deil, Heike Culmsee and Mohamed Berriane --
pt. 2. Social Organization of Sacred Groves --
6. Socio-Politics of Ethiopian Sacred Groves / Tsehai Berhane-Selassie --
7. Behind Sacredness in Madagascar: Rules, Local Interests & Forest Conservation in Bara Country / Nadia Rabesahala Horning --
8. Palaver Trees Reconsidered in the Senegalese Landscape: Arboreal Monuments & Memorials / Eric S. Ross --
pt. 3. Symbol of Forests --
9. Loggers v. Spirits in the Beng Forest, Cote d'Ivoire: Competing Models / Alma Gottlieb --
10. Are Sacred Forests in Northern Benin 'Traditional Conservation Areas'?: Examples from the Bassila Region / Ute Siebert --
11. Archaeological Perspectives on Sacred Groves in Ghana / Gerard Chouin --
pt. 4. Future of African Sacred Groves --
12. Legal Recognition of Customary Forests in Uganda: An Approach to Revitalizing Sacred Groves / Abwoli Y. Banana, Joseph Bahati, William Gombya-Ssembajjwe and Nathan Vogt --
13. Are Sacred Groves in Sub-Saharan Africa Safe?: The Legal Status of Forests / Liz Alden Wily.
Responsibility: edited by Michael J. Sheridan & Celia Nyamweru.


African sacred groves are often described as the remains of primeval forests, ethnographic curiosities, and cultural relics from a static pre-colonial past.  Read more...
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The essays in this volume provide an enlightening tour of the issues around conservation and sacred sites. They demonstrate the complexities of the issues linking such sites to globalization, Read more...

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