Chapter 10. The Power of Traditions in Conservation

  1. Nigel Leader-Williams Professor of Biodiversity Management Director2,
  2. William M. Adams2 and
  3. Robert J. Smith Research Fellow Senior Fellow3
  1. Katherine M. Homewood Professor

Published Online: 3 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324907.ch10

Trade-Offs in Conservation: Deciding What to Save

Trade-Offs in Conservation: Deciding What to Save

How to Cite

Homewood, K. M. (2010) The Power of Traditions in Conservation, in Trade-Offs in Conservation: Deciding What to Save (eds N. Leader-Williams, W. M. Adams and R. J. Smith), Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324907.ch10

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, Downing Place, Cambridge CB2 3EN, UK

  2. 3

    Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, School of Anthropology and Conservation, Marlowe Building, University of Kent, Canterbury CT2 7NR, UK

Author Information

  1. University College London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 3 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 10 SEP 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405193832

Online ISBN: 9781444324907



  • power of traditions in conservation;
  • non-western conservation traditions, harnessing potential synergies for western conservation;
  • co-option of tradition in conservation;
  • conservation-relevant traditions and practices - of non-western societies;
  • Hanuman, prominent Hindu deity - monkey Hanuman in India's national epic, the Ramayana;
  • Tanzania, and multilayered environmentalism;
  • tradition and conservation in Maasailand;
  • conservation, appealing to Maasai traditions of stewardship;
  • Maasai, remaining pastoralists centred on livestock;
  • local traditions of ecological knowledge - knowledge system, encompassing histories of dispossession


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Co-option of tradition in conservation

  • Tradition and conservation in Maasailand

  • Maasai traditions, livelihoods and conservation

  • References