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dc.contributor.authorNightingale, Andrea J
dc.date.accessioned2006-10-05T15:04:30Z
dc.date.available2006-10-05T15:04:30Z
dc.date.issued2006
dc.identifier.citationAndrea J. Nightingale (2006) ‘The experts taught us all we know’: Professionalisation and Knowledge in Nepalese Community Forestry, online papers archived by the Institute of Geography, School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh.en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1842/1435
dc.description.abstractEnvironmentalist concerns over the state of Nepal’s ‘fragile forests’ resulted in the establishment of Community Forestry projects. These community-based projects are partnerships between the state and community user-groups that invest user-groups with a great deal of control over their forests. Project implementation, however begins with the assumption that users have little prior knowledge of forest management and need to be taught modern silviculture. This paper examines the extent to which different community members embrace notions of professional forestry materially and symbolically. The development of written management plans, the need for careful accounting records and the promotion of silviculturally based management strategies by District Forest Officers serve to (re)inscribe differences between users based on education and literacy. Which users embrace these discourses and practices and for what purposes lends insight into the workings of neo-liberalism and how it is implicated in the reconfiguring of social and power relations within localities and in this case, the consequences of this for ecological change. It is argued that the promotion of expert knowledge and professional practices in Community Forestry is often used as a somewhat contradictory vehicle for educated elites to retain control over forest management thus undermining some of the key objectives of the program.en
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dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherInstitute of Geography. The School of Geosciences.The University of Edinburghen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesInstitute of Geography Online Paper Series;GEO-025
dc.subjectprofessionalisationen
dc.subjectNepalen
dc.subjectCommunity Forestryen
dc.subjectneo-liberalismen
dc.subjectgeographyen
dc.subjectInstitute of Geography Online Papers Series (2005-2008)en
dc.title‘The experts taught us all we know’: Professionalisation and Knowledge in Nepalese Community Forestryen
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