Ivory. Power and Poaching in Africa

Somerville, Keith (2016) Ivory. Power and Poaching in Africa. Hurst and Company, London, UK, 390 pp. ISBN 978-1-84904-676-3. (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Despite the 1989 global ivory trade ban, poaching and ivory smuggling have not abated. More than half of Tanzania’s elephants have been killed for their ivory since 2007. A similarly alarming story can be told of the herds in northern Mozambique and across swathes of central Africa. But why the new upsurge? The popular narrative blames a meeting of two evils — criminal poaching and terrorism. But the answer is not that simple. Since ancient times, large-scale killing of elephants for their tusks has been driven by demand beyond Africa’s range states from the Egyptian pharaohs through the industrialising West to the new wealthy business class of China. Elephant hunting in Africa is also governed by human-elephant conflict, traditional hunting practices and the impact of colonial exploitation and criminalisation. Ivory follows this complex history of the tusk trade in Africa, and explains why it is corruption, crime and politics, rather than insurgency, that we should worry about. In this ground-breaking work, Somerville argues that regulation — not prohibition — of the ivory trade is the best way to stop uncontrolled poaching.

Item Type: Book
Uncontrolled keywords: Ivory, africa, elephants, poaching, colonialism
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DT Africa
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Centre for Journalism
Depositing User: K. Somerville
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2017 10:30 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 18:44 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/60577 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Somerville, Keith: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9768-6894
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