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Explorers Club: Sacred Rhinos - How Poorer Countries Control Poaching
Mon, April 24, 2017, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
Why do relatively weak and poor countries control poaching? Since 2006, rhino poaching has become a global crisis. Yet some countries have effectively controlled rhino poaching, including countries that lack high state capacity or strong economies.
Drawing from relational models theory and the sacred value protection model, this project argues that social conditions can enable the control of poaching through moral outrage and cleansing mechanisms. Through a comparative institutional analysis of rhino range states, relational model analysis of rhino conservationists in key countries, and analytic narratives, Paul F. Tanghe demonstrates that poaching control is a function of de-commodification. These findings have implications for understanding resilient adaptions to global market shocks, particularly in emerging markets like those fueling illicit wildlife trade. Furthermore, this research suggests that at best, state-centric approaches to environmental security and governance may be ineffective. At worst, neoliberal approaches may exacerbate the very problems they seek to address.
Ticket price includes Cocktail Reception, Drinks, Hors d'oeuvres and the Lecture
6:00 pm Cocktail Reception
7:00 pm Lecture
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