I wrote this important paper together with Robert Hitchcock, about the very timely issue of perpetuating land pressures on Hai//om people in Northern Namibia. In addition to an attempt for a collective action lawsuit by the Hai//om for Etosha National Park and Mangetti West, the Hai//om experience many other pressures on their land that need…Read more New paper: “In the way: Perpetuating land dispossession of the indigenous Hai//om and the collective action lawsuit for Etosha National Park and Mangetti West, Namibia”, by S. Koot and R. Hitchcock (2019)
By Stasja Koot, 12 February 2019 Recent years have shown an increase in the, often heated, debate on trophy hunting, with some important developments taking place in southern Africa. To name just some that have accelerated the debate: In 2012, pictures of King Juan Carlos of Spain emerged in which he posed in front…Read more Trophy hunting for conservation and development in Namibia? The limitations of economic benefits and the role of science
This paper was written by a group of political ecologists, many of us who have founded or otherwise been involved in the POLLEN initiative, the global political ecology network. The paper is very timely: It addresses important contemporary challenges for political ecologists in a 'post-truth' era of increasing authoritarianism. We argue that we should speak…Read more New paper: Speaking Power to “Post-Truth”: Critical Political Ecology and the New Authoritarianism, by a collective from the POLLEN initiative, in the journal Annals of the American Association of Geographers
This paper addresses the important issue of trophy hunting in Namibia, among two Bushmen groups, which is often presented as a crucial element in 'community-based natural resource management'. However, the economic benefits that trophy hunting brings to communities are very limited, and the strong focus on such benefits perpetuates socio-economic inequality based on a global…Read more New publication! The limits of economic benefits: Adding social affordances to the analysis of trophy hunting of the Khwe and Ju/’hoansi in Namibian community-based natural resource management, in the journal Society & Natural Resources
Happy 2019! This book chapter is about power relations of NGO workers and researchers who work with marginalised people. Moreover, it is a methodological exploration of the usage of one's memory in autoethnography. As usual, all my papers are open acess under 'Publications'. Koot, S. (2019). Autoethnography and power in a tourism researcher position: A…Read more New publication! Autoethnography and power in a tourism researcher position: A self-reflexive exploration of unawareness, memories and paternalism among Namibian Bushmen.
Check out this new publication about structural processes of branding people: Koot, S. (2018). The Bushman brand in southern African tourism: An indigenous modernity in a neoliberal political economy. In R. Fleming Puckett and I. Kazunobu (Eds.), Research and activism among the Kalahari San today: Ideals, challenges, and debates. Senri Ethnological Studies 99 (pp. 231-250). Osaka: National…Read more New publication: The Bushman brand in southern African tourism: An indigenous modernity in a neoliberal political economy.
Check out this recent book review if interested: Koot, S. (2018). Whiteness and nature conservation in Zimbabwe. Book review of The Nature of Whiteness: Race, Animals, and Nation in Zimbabwe, by Yuka Suzuki. Journal of Southern African Studies, DOI: 10.1080/03057070.2018.1464723: 2018 – Koot – Whiteness and nature conservation in Zimbabwe (book review)