Author Kamat, Vinay
Article Title "The Ocean is our Farm": marine Conservation, Food Insecurity, and Social Suffering in Southeastern Tanzania
Full text http://sfaajournals.net/doi/pdf/10.17730/humo.73.3.f43k115544761g0v
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Source Human organization vol. 73, no. 3 (Autumn 2014), p.289-298
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Journal Title Human organization
Copy vol. 73, no. 3 (Autumn 2014), p.289-298
ISSN 0018-7259
Brief substance This paper examines the social impact of a large-scale marine conservation project (Marine Park) in the coastal region of Mtwara, southeastern Tanzania, following displacement and the enforcement of restrictions on fishing and extracting marine resources. Through an analysis of interviews and focus group discussions with residents in six villages, the paper illustrates how the undesired effects of the Marine Park have become part of people's everyday discourse regarding hardships and their experiences of the violence of everyday life. Elicited narratives provide insights into how the Marine Park, in combination with a multiplicity of factors leading to displacement, dispossession, and social dislocation, has intensified hardships, especially among female-headed households, due to their increasing poverty, marginalization, and food-related insecurity. The narratives shed light on people's lived experiences of disempowerment, feelings of humiliation, anger, despair, low self-esteem, and extreme resentment—in essence, their social suffering. The paper makes a case for addressing the human dimensions of marine biodiversity and conservation interventions as a key step in making them genuinely collaborative and sustainable in terms of social equity and ecological effectiveness
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Full text http://sfaajournals.net/doi/pdf/10.17730/humo.73.3.f43k115544761g0v

 
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