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The 'Park' as Racial Practice: Constructing Whiteness on Safari in Tanzania

Cassie M. Hays

Environmental Values 28 (2019): 141-170. doi: 10.3197/096327119X15515267418502

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Popular imaginings of Tanzania's Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area are founded on the idea of wilderness preserved, but this conception of the 'park' is based in colonial-era race-thinking. Rather than simply a colonial-era manifestation of an apparently universal conservationist ideal, Serengeti and Ngorongoro are instead racial projects that embody the historical and ongoing processes of racial formation. The creation of Serengeti and Ngorongoro enabled a racialisation of nature, a process begun by the British and reinscribed via safari ever since. Recognising this racialisation of nature has larger implications for not only the treatment and perception of those in the Global South, the racialised 'other' to the Global North, but also for the realities of white privilege and constructions of whiteness.


Tanzania, national park, safari, whiteness, racialisation

REFERENCES to other articles in Environmental Values:

The Need for Indigenous Voices in Discourse about Introduced Species: Insights from a Controversy over Wild Horses. Jonaki Bhattacharyya and Brendon M.H. Larson

A Historical and Systematic Survey of European Perceptions of Wilderness. Thomas Kirchhoff and Vera Vicenzotti

Ubuntu and Ecofeminism: Value-Building with African and Womanist Voices. Inge Konik

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Editorial: Focusing on Relational Matters to Overcome Duality. Claudia Carter

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