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Conflict, Negotiation, and Coexistence – Rethinking Human–Elephant Relations in South Asia - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Conflict, Negotiation, and Coexistence: Rethinking Human–Elephant Relations in South Asia

Piers Locke and Jane Buckingham


The interconnected lives of humans and elephants have shaped landscapes, determined the destinies of empires, and stimulated new kinds of knowledge, skill, and practice. Their encounters have also produced intimate forms of companionship, as well as conflict over space and resources. In South Asia, where many people live in close proximity to elephants, this interspecies relationship resonates with cultural significance. Such diverse, multifaceted, and frequently problematic relations between two kinds of intelligent social mammals have drawn the attention of multiple types of researchers and ... More

Keywords: human–elephant relations, interdisciplinarity, multispecies thinking, wildlife conflict, biodiversity conservation, animal welfare, interspecies encounters

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199467228
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199467228.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Piers Locke, editor
Professor of Anthropology, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Jane Buckingham, editor
Professor of History, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

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