Our Great Friend The Mountain Gorilla

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Our Great Friend The Mountain Gorilla

Type: Research master thesis
Title: Our Great Friend The Mountain Gorilla
Author: Vannucchi, Isabella
Issue Date: 2017-08-31
Keywords: Mountain Gorillas
Wildlife Conservation
Uganda
Politics
Economy
Anthropomophization
Abstract: This research focuses on people’s perception of, and attitudes towards, mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (BINP). It is the result of four months of fieldwork in Ruhija, Rubanda County, one of the four appointed areas in Uganda where gorilla tourism is established. This qualitative study aims at understanding how different stakeholders perceive the gorilla as an animal, whether that be a conservation goal or an economic income, or an anthropomorphized species. The analysis will develop by focusing on these three conceptual domains, namely, political, economic and anthropomorphised. Further, in order to understand how different stakeholders have different perceptions and attitudes, the research participants are divided into four groups. The stakeholders groups involve the local community, the entrepreneurs, the conservationists and the tourists. By doing so, the research will present the point of view of local, national and international actors. The main argument of the thesis revolves around the discourses about mountain gorillas. More specifically, how international actors have imposed western-centred discourses about wildlife conservation in order to ensure gorilla conservation. Along with national actors, who have later adopted the same discourses, to guarantee the development of the tourism industry.
Supervisor: Van Dijk, Han
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: African Studies (Reseach master)
Specialisation: ResMA African Studies
ECTS Credits: 25
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/52594
 

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