‘Storytelling’ Natural Resource Conflict on U.S. Public Lands

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Abstract

Livestock grazing is an extensive and long-standing natural resource use on U.S. public lands that has become extremely controversial in recent decades. In this article, we approach the controversy over public lands grazing as an ‘ontological conflict’ that goes beyond a struggle over different perspectives on nature/reality and involves the ongoing making of different realities/worlds. We bring together historical and ethnographic material from the Tonto National Forest in Arizona in a verbal and visual process of ‘storytelling’ to show how multiple and conflicting imaginations of the public rangelands have emerged and taken on or lost reality over time through multiple, shifting, and often contradictory processes of translation of the relationships among entities in a network that includes humans, nonhumans, discursive and social structures, and social forces. While this approach was originally developed in the context of indigenous studies, it has much to offer in the study of non-indigenous resource conflicts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalEthnos
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

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natural resources
social structure
resources
Natural Resources
Storytelling
Public Lands
Grazing
imagination
time
Ethnographic
Social Structure
Discursive
Visual Process
Nonhuman
Livestock
Nature
Contradictory
Resources
Entity
Ontological

Keywords

  • Actor Network Theory
  • livestock grazing
  • Natural resource conflict
  • relational ontology
  • translation
  • U.S. public lands

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Archaeology

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