Ponies out of place? Wild animals, wilderness and environmental governance

Peace, Adrian (2009) Ponies out of place? Wild animals, wilderness and environmental governance. Anthropological Forum, 19 1: 53-72. doi:10.1080/00664670802695616

Author Peace, Adrian
Title Ponies out of place? Wild animals, wilderness and environmental governance
Journal name Anthropological Forum   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0066-4677
Publication date 2009-03-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/00664670802695616
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 19
Issue 1
Start page 53
End page 72
Total pages 20
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic., Australia
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract Powerful institutions in Australia regularly depict the continent as overrun with fauna variously described as ‘feral’, ‘vermin’, ‘alien’ and ‘invasive’. This paper addresses the issue of ‘animal matter out of place’ through the ethnographic analysis of a long-running conflict over ‘feral’ ponies in Coffin Bay National Park, South Australia. As the Department of Environment and Heritage manoeuvred to eliminate this ‘alien’ presence from the ‘pristine’ landscape of the Coffin Bay Peninsula, local residents argued that the herd was a product of this ecological niche and should remain in its ‘natural’ home. The trajectory of the conflict suggests that the expansion of environmental governance from centre to periphery is by no means as predictable and inevitable as is often anticipated.
Keyword Wild animals
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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