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Deconstructing the conservancy map; hxaro, n!ore and rhizomes in the Kalahari.

Vermeylen, Saskia and Davies, Gemma and van der Horst, Dan (2012) Deconstructing the conservancy map; hxaro, n!ore and rhizomes in the Kalahari. Cartographica, 47 (2). pp. 121-134. ISSN 0317-7173

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Abstract

To stand a chance of reclaiming their pre-colonial rights, indigenous peoples often have to deploy the tools and logic of the colonial state. Through a case study of community conservancy in Namibia, we demonstrate that the same holds for the practice of participatory mapping. We engage with J.B. Harley's deconstruction of maps and use our ethnographic data to reveal the silences and lies inherent in the rigid cartographic representations of conservancy maps. The indigenous peoples in our case study are the San, who have been marginalized and displaced from their land. We highlight how these people, once perceived by the colonialists as “rootless,” do have strong relational connections across the landscape. We argue that the practice of counter-mapping, along with its critique, is incomplete without full attention to the silences of the map and the relational rhizomes (across boundaries) of the peoples involved.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Cartographica
Uncontrolled Keywords: land rights ; indigeneity ; silence ; participatory GIS ; counter-mapping ; narratives
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GA Mathematical geography. Cartography
Departments: UNSPECIFIED
ID Code: 54999
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 11 Jun 2012 10:08
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2014 15:00
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/54999

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