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Decolonizing extinction : the work of care in orangutan rehabilitation

By: Parrenas, Juno Salazar

Part of the Experimental Futures series
0822370778 / 9780822370772
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288 pages : illustrations.
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In Decolonizing Extinction Juno Salazar Parrenas ethnographically traces the ways in which colonialism, decolonization, and indigeneity shape relations that form more-than-human worlds at orangutan rehabilitation centers on Borneo.

Parrenas tells the interweaving stories of wildlife workers and the centers' endangered animals while demonstrating the inseparability of risk and futurity from orangutan care.

Drawing on anthropology, primatology, Southeast Asian history, gender studies, queer theory, and science and technology studies, Parrenas suggests that examining workers' care for these semi-wild apes can serve as a basis for cultivating mutual but unequal vulnerability in an era of annihilation.

Only by considering rehabilitation from perspectives thus far ignored, Parrenas contends, could conservation biology turn away from ultimately violent investments in population growth and embrace a feminist sense of welfare, even if it means experiencing loss and pain.


JHMC Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography, PSVW79 Primates, RNKH Conservation of wildlife & habitats

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