(P28) Contemporary challenges among hunters and gatherers: livelihoods, development, and wellbeing
Convenors:Robert Hitchcock, University of New Mexico; Jenny Lawy, University of Edinburgh
Discussant: Richard B. Lee
Abstract: Numerous challenges face contemporary hunter-gatherers. This session will address how foragers and former foragers and their supporters have coped with these challenges, including engaging in innovative efforts aimed at diversifying their livelihoods, seeking intellectual and other property rights, litigation, sustainable development, community participation, conflict resolution, and social equity.
Hunter-gatherers today are facing many challenges—from their lands being taken away for development projects and protected areas; their livelihoods being eroded through competition with other groups, and their health and well-being being affected by disease, water pollution, and climate change. This symposium will address various challenges facing foragers and former foragers, and it will discuss ways in which they have dealt with them. These range from employing innovative means of earning a livelihood to using indigenous techniques of conflict resolution. Hunter-gatherers have also gone to court to seek intellectual and other property rights. This symposium seeks to bring together papers on diversified livelihood strategies, sustainable development, and justice-seeking.
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