Ivory: Power & Poaching in Africa

Ivory: Power & Poaching in Africa

ISBN: 9781787382220

Author: Keith Somerville

Format: Paperback

Price: AUD $24.95
RRP: AUD $32.95

This book reveals how the illegal ivory trade is tied to corruption conflicts colonialism and local livelihoods.
Half of Tanzania's elephants have been killed for their ivory since 2007. A similar alarming story can be told of the herds in northern Mozambique and across swathes of central Africa, with forest elephants losing almost two-thirds of their numbers to the tusk trade. The huge rise in poaching and ivory smuggling in the new millennium has destroyed the hope that the 1989 ivory trade ban had capped poaching and would lead to a long-term fall in demand. But why the new upsurge? The answer is not simple. Since ancient times, large-scale killing of elephants for their tusks has been driven by demand outside Africa's elephant ranges - from the Egyptian pharaohs through Imperial Rome and industrialising Europe and North America to the new wealthy business class of China. And, who poaches and why do they do it? In recent years lurid press reports have blamed mass poaching on rebel movements and armed militias, especially Somalia's Al Shabaab, tying two together two evils - poaching and terrorism. But does this account stand up to scrutiny? This new and ground-breaking examination of the history and politics of ivory in Africa forensically examines why poaching happens in Africa and why it is corruption, crime and politics, rather than insurgency, that we should worry about.

Book Title: Ivory: Power & Poaching in Africa
Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
Title Release: October 2019
ISBN: 9781787382220
Author: Keith Somerville
Format: Paperback
About the Author: Keith Somerville is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London; he lectures in Journalism at the Centre for Journalism University of Kent. His latest book, Africa's Long Road Since Independence: The Many Histories of a Continent has just been published by Hurst.

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