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The Neoliberalisation Of Nature In Africa

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Nature in Africa has long occupied a special place in the global imagination. Under global neoliberal restructuring since the 1980s, conservation in Africa has progressively focused on ways for wildlife and 'nature' to 'pay their way', so that local and global communities can benefit from their sustained conservation. The purpose of this chapter is to provide an overview of some of the contemporary ways in which Africa's nature is being neoliberalised and provide a preliminary and partial indication of how this neoliberalisation is negotiated by African actors. It argues that this negotiation is exceptionally difficult, as the neoliberalisation of Africa's resources is tied to a framing of those resources as 'inverted commons': a special commons that belong to the entire globe but for which only Africans pay the real price in terms of their conservation.

Keywords: Africa; neoliberalisation



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