Sometimes I think I enjoy those stories a bit more, when the characters act like real people who do stupid things. I often want to swat certain of my relatives But it all comes out nicely in the end. Jul 01, Lisa rated it it was ok Shelves: Being in possession of a low-level hangover I was after reading something light and undemanding, this book is nothing if not that. A romance in which every obstacle to the main couple's happiness is purely miscommunication which gets resolved in the final pages leaving them to their happy-ever-after, this was inoffensive enough stuff, although I think it would have been a much better story had Imogen told everyone around her to sod off and gone off on her own instead I'm probably not really th Being in possession of a low-level hangover I was after reading something light and undemanding, this book is nothing if not that.
I'm probably not really the audience for romance novels in that case, am I?! I really got into this story.
Finished reading at 3am, in one sitting. The Viscount and the Virgin is my favorite so far of the Silk and Scandal series. With her tendency to throw herself head-long into situations, she finds herself causing all sorts of havoc without lifting a finger. Not every hero can be an alpha but I was annoyed with his constant second-guessing and the reiteration of his shortcomings.
The Viscount and the Virgin is a funny, laugh-out-loud romp with a clumsy heroine, a sexy hero, a devious set of twins and enough edge to keep you turning the pages. It is a welcome addition to the Silk and Scandals series from Harlequin. Feb 13, Linda Sims rated it really liked it. Fifth book in the series featuring Imogen Hebden and Viscount Mildenhall.
Imogen is in London for a season to find a husband. Her circumstances have drastically altered and without the resources of her aunt and uncle she'd be homeless and without money. Unfortunately Imogen does not possess any of the social graces having been allowed to do her own thing in her late stepfather's home.
One of her stepbrothers comes to london and promises to get his friend Monty to introduce Imogen to suitable you Fifth book in the series featuring Imogen Hebden and Viscount Mildenhall. One of her stepbrothers comes to london and promises to get his friend Monty to introduce Imogen to suitable young men, just so long as they're not at all like the despicable Viscount Mildenhall who has made it very clear what he thinks of her. This is part of a series of books with an underlying who done it plot.
But each book features a different couple, so you could read it as a stand alone IMO. This is a light romantic read with very engaging characters.
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I really enjoyed it. Harlequin Regency silk and scandal series. Story about the sins of the father 20 years prior gypsy curse being visited on their children. Apr 26, Vana rated it liked it. An entertaining enough read for a rainy day, so why just the three stars.
It was one of those plot's based on miscommunication, only to be resolved at the very end. My least favourite kind of plot, Grrr, it only serves to be irritating. The secondary characters were more interesting. Monty's twin brothers were amusing and Imogen's gypsy brother Stephen added a little darkness to the plot. I did not feel that the sub plot of their parents demise was really fully resolved and Imogen's relationsh An entertaining enough read for a rainy day, so why just the three stars. I did not feel that the sub plot of their parents demise was really fully resolved and Imogen's relationship with her brother Stephen was left hanging in mid air.
This book could have been so much more. May 12, Maria rated it it was amazing Shelves: Don't trust the summary or the cover , it's really not very accurate. And it turned out to be much more interesting, one of my favorites so far in the series. She is struggling in society because of that past scandal involving her parents, and her natural clumsiness doesn't help.
I found it very easy to identify with her - her hair never stays where it's supposed to, her clothes get wrinkled or stained before she even arrives at a ball, and she has ideas. And she desperately needs affection after pretty much everyone she ever cared about pushed her and her needs into the background. Imogen - or Midge - doesn't really want a husband, she's only trying to fit into society to please her aunt and uncle who have taken it onto themselves to find her a good match.
She'd rather stay on the shelf and become a governess somewhere Especially once she meets an obnoxious viscount who could damage her reputation even more. They take an instant dislike to each other. But what they don't know is that they actually share more than they think. I don't think it's a huge spoiler to reveal that they get married, and most of the book actually happens after the wedding. Lots of misunderstandings, insecurities and troublesome family members make it hard for them to find their happiness. Mostly because they don't talk to each other enough - which is always tricky in romances, it's easy to go over the top and make it really annoying I'm sure I'm not the only one who speaks to characters while reading a book: Probably more so because both characters are quite likable and realistic, with enough flaws that we identify with them and find it believable that they would have trouble communicating.
We also find out more about the big Scandal and its repercussions, through what Imogen found out about it from her mother. I can't wait to get to the last book and read his story Taken by the Wicked Rake. Mar 31, Mnms rated it really liked it. A really good and touching story, with appealing characters. This story follows Imogen - a lively, vivacious girl who is much more comfortable running wild outdoors than she is sewing in the drawing room. She has a kind, loving heart and loves to look after those around her. Upon the death of her mother, then her step-father, Imogen has been taken in by a kindly aunt who wishes to see her happily married.
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Imogen is sent off on her first London season quite late, at 27 years of age , and the poor girl is like a fish out of water. Due to a scandal surround This story follows Imogen - a lively, vivacious girl who is much more comfortable running wild outdoors than she is sewing in the drawing room. Due to a scandal surrounding her mother, Imogen has to be on her best behaviour at all times lest gossip should ruin her reputation, but it is not long before her lack of lady-like accomplishments gets her into trouble.
Monty is a second son whose elder brother has just died. Monty is now forced to continue the family business even though he would prefer to have remained in the army. At a ball Imogen accidentally knocks a glass of wine all over Monty, which he interprets as her way to get an introduction with the season's eligible bachelor. He is sick of women chasing him like a dog with a bone so, to make an example of her, he spurns the poor girl.
Unfortunately for Monty, he then finds himself taking quite a fancy to her. This is a very enjoyable story. The main characters are strong and likeable. They are linked by the fact that neither of them fits into the society they have been thrown amongst. The chemistry between them is palpable, and the story leaves the reader waited, breath abated, for that final moment when they fall in love.
This is a lovely story and I would like to read it again. Feb 19, Crystal rated it it was ok. Easily my least favorite of the Silk and Scandal series, which is quite good overall. The hero begins the story as a complete jerk, and doesn't make it much farther than well-meaning idiot by the end. The heroine seems like she could have been fun, but she's so easily beaten down and confused that it's hard to appreciate her wit and sense of adventure. The both of them spend so much time misunderstanding each other and doing irrational things that it's more than a bit annoying when everything is Easily my least favorite of the Silk and Scandal series, which is quite good overall.
This was the book where I started skimming them. I know it's a Harlequin Historical, and I shouldn't have expected too much heat, but sheesh. Change it up a little! Definitely whetted my appetite for book 8! And it's short enough and has enough movement on the series' overarching mystery that I didn't feel I had wasted my time on it. Aug 18, Isabella Kai rated it really liked it.
The Viscount and the Virgin, for me, reminds us readers that assuming too much leads to a lot misunderstandings. That the only reason he choose her was because she was convenient, indispensable. Yes, she have no reservations that he desires her but that doesn't mean he loves her. Monty, on the other hand, after realizing his mistake after guessing the truth about Midge's character thought he could m The Viscount and the Virgin, for me, reminds us readers that assuming too much leads to a lot misunderstandings. Monty, on the other hand, after realizing his mistake after guessing the truth about Midge's character thought he could make up for his short-comings and eventually stay true to himself.
He is in love with his wife but after assuming her to be in love with someone else, Monty choose not to lay his heart at her feet. Their story continues with a whirlpool of other assumptions which could have been solved if they explained to the other what is what. I enjoyed their story although it was bit fast but then again with Midge and Monty they do need a fast pace. I don't often pay attention to other characters but I was drawn to Rick, Midge's step-brother, and I find myself hoping he had his own story. And of course the gypsy half-brother Stephen who in my mind is the mysterious and dark stranger.
There's something more about him that meets the eye and again I wished he had a story of his own. Mar 10, Mandy rated it really liked it Shelves: I enjoyed this book a lot! I read it in two days because I couldn't stop reading it every spare moment I had. Only a few things made me give it four stars instead of No super steamy scenes, most were run through quickly without the details I am used to in a romance novel.
It's not a horrible thing though, since the story itself was good. I hate it when it's obvious the main purpose of the story are the sex scenes so the book is fine in that department but I do like them when they are more d I enjoyed this book a lot! I hate it when it's obvious the main purpose of the story are the sex scenes so the book is fine in that department but I do like them when they are more detailed.
African Studies Centre P. Box RB Leiden asc ascleiden. This book is based on a conference of the Netherlands Association for African Studies held in November We thank the chapter contributors for their patience in the preparation of this volume. The chapters reflect new developments in the arenas of politics, economics and cultural strug- gle. These domains look far apart but are not. In their widest definition, culture — as the symbolic universe of shared meanings and of behavioural repertoires used by people — and politics — as the public struggle of interests and of attaining power and influencing others — intermingle and recombine in surprising and sometimes disturbing ways.
They always have a definite economic logic as well, informing value commitments and behaviour in the wider sense. Politics and economic life in Africa have, perhaps more visibly than elsewhere, influential cultural aspects and referents, such as religion and ethnicity, that often play a constitutive role. What is at play are of course new hegemonic struggles of a material but also ideological nature. Clyde Mitchell on the Kalela dance. Neither is a dominant focus on politico-economic development issues helpful to understand what oc- curs at the grassroots levels, or the ways external influences and transnational interactions are locally and culturally appropriated by African actors.
This is a challenge for social scientists, for they have to accommodate multiple outcomes of theories that are themselves based on singular fieldwork experiences, subject to often multiple interpretations. Nevertheless, it can safely be assumed that a minimally coherent factor to be dealt with here is the commonly acknowledged adverse distribution of well-being and economic opportunities for most of the African populace. Social scientists can also, in varying degrees, assess to what extent people are in a position to analyse their own situation, and in this book several examples are provided concerning such self-analysis and the consequences thereof.
Since issues of distribution of resources and power often occurs in terms of collective categorizations of people, it is to be expected that such distribution is a contrib- uting factor to the dynamics of social identity, and therefore some of the chapters in this book will also delve into this topic. To actually predict future develop- ments is intrinsically fraught with difficulties, but social-scientific studies can certainly help in giving directions where to look for solutions of developmental problems.
The bundle of chapters in that book dealt mainly with issues of reflexiv- ity performed on and by the scientific observers. This makes any social-scientific assessment subject to a degree of ambiguity. However, this ambiguity — and this is a difference with deconstructionist approaches — does not prohibit the production of ethnographi- cally real statements or knowledge claims on social situations. In this book, descriptions are given of social situations in three different orders of delineation: This is where social science analysis can make a contribution, exploring its empirical ramifications and its theoretical status.
The venture poses challenges notably for non-African analysts, to who need to as identifiable actors in specific contexts and avoid Eurocentric approaches. Locality and global connectedness The chapters in this book reflect on topics in certain African localities taken as units of analysis. Globalization has been viewed as a back- ground for diminished strength of states see Hyslop Since African states have often been considered weak actors, except in exercising patronage and authoritarianism Hyslop The recent vogue of the Millen- nium Development Goals has only reinforced this trend.
Globalization has not obliterated the usefulness of such measurement. As all of the chapters in the present volume make clear, local and national contexts of social, cultural and economic life have not lost their own idiosyncrasies. Differ- ences in the prevalence and quality of natural resources, possibilities in making use of these resources and the dynamics of power relations between people on several scales make it unlikely that globalization will result in or equals uniformity.
It therefore makes sense to analyse current developments in Africa from geographically circumscribed focal points, as is done by the present authors in varying degrees. Though there are signs of improved economic performance in the last couple of years, and some countries have achieved high economic growth rates, limited economic performance capacities and socio-political oppositions will constrain develop- ment at least for the near future.
In Angola and Liberia had joined them, cf. The amount of investment in technology and training in order to sustain and manage this increase in productivity cannot be implemented with such a short time from now. But in the last few years growth in African has picked up, although unevenly spread and not durable enough. While there is of course no logical reason to believe that Africa could not be a continent with middle-income levels if not prosperity by, say, , conditions of governance, human security, imbalanced population growth, skewed investment and legal insecurity will need much attention.
The disappointing economic and social achievements since decolonization are not necessarily a predictor for the events which will manifest themselves in the next decades. The reader may find it use- ful to consult Brumann , who elaborates on this idea of cultures quite literally as matrices, where one dimension stands for persons and another for the occurrence of traits associated with persons. This enables the accommodation within theory of historically shifting cultural identities. A further advantage is the possibility to incorporate contradictory traits within theory as long as no demands for overall consistency within a proposed matrix are made.
A disadvantage is that the matrix method cannot fully guarantee the harmonization of information contained in a matrix and information drawn from that matrix. This situation sets upper limits as to the range of conclusions that can be based on it. However, this does not rule out the possibility of stating at least some positive conclusions. What they seem to mean is that technological innovations are consumed on the African continent at the individual level but that no society-wide improvements in organizational specifically economic efficiency is achieved This is specified by the following three points: Whether they hereby adopt a too Eurocentric point of view of African society — as critics like Bryceson With an eye on the chapters in this book, the application of specifically the concept of neo- patrimonialism can be discussed.
In the first dimension, the relationship of Africa with the natural environment remains predominantly characterized by a dependence on the extraction and export of raw materials rather than manufacturing e. Such dependence is then, according to Chabal and Daloz, a resource for African political leaders because it provides opportunities for handling foreign aid and structural adjust- ment programmes pp. The struggle for the extraction and management of natural resources Hans van den Breemer addresses the interrelationship between nature conserva- tion policies and rural development policies in South-eastern Senegal.
Extraction of resources, in the form of agriculture and hunting and gathering practices, con- flicts here with demands of nature conservation and using nature for purposes of promoting tourism. To manage these requirements as well as the conflicts arising from them, quite a number of government agencies and NGOs, sometimes with funding from abroad, exist that have to cooperate with each other and the local population.
But this must be qualified by the observation that foreign organizations and donors do not seem to promote cooperation either. The government also seems to have genuine developmental intentions with the though perhaps insufficiently elaborated programmes. It is remarkable, how- ever, that the jobs provided by the government institutions, as well as at the hotels, are allocated to people outside the community, specifically from Dakar, so that the local population does not profit from the opportunities which are indeed created.
In one of the concerned villages, outsiders from the Mouride centre in Touba were allocated plots of land. Although Van den Breemer does not probe into the background of these allocations of jobs and plots, neo-patri- monialism does seem to play a role here. What is clear, nevertheless, is that the local population obviously does not approve of this. Unfortunately for themselves, they see no possibilities for reversing the applica- tion and effects of such patrimonialism. Pluralism here refers to the simultaneous applicability of bodies of legal rules to certain areas of land, specifically farm land.
Access to land is here heavily dependent on inheritance rules within families, in which aspects of descent, gender and primogeniture are decisive. Luo people appear to make use of arguments derived from both bodies of rules. In the matrix method we use here, the distribution of two clusters of traits identifiable directives for action among the Luo is clearly feasible ethnographically. Within each cluster, homo- geneity of rules may be more easily established than when the clusters are considered conjoint. But the matrix method does not, by itself, force the re- searcher to either separate or conflate the two clusters; this is a matter of inter- pretation.
It is likewise with local participants; it is quite understandable that Luo people operate as if legal rules are one body of options, albeit sometimes contra- dictory ones, with which they deal in order to reach certain goals. As for patrimonialism, its existence can be confirmed within Luo society, but the ethno- graphic matrix also contains other traits with individualistic characteristics. Even within the customary cluster, disputes can arise, showing that the effectuation of rules is not as clear-cut as may seem.
These considerations considerably qualify the observation that patrimonialism determines life in Luo land. Katja Werthmann portrays social behaviour in mining communities in Burkina Faso. Seemingly chaotic at a first glance, these communities are sociologically well-ordered, with functional divisions between bosses, diggers, buyers, bar- keepers, shoe-shiners etc. The personnel of these functions can switch, however, especially among bosses and diggers, and there is a strong egalitarian spirit. Separated from the customary life of family and village, social life and spiritual beliefs encountered in these mining camps compare better with other such spots outside Africa than with the sur- rounding environments within Burkina Faso.
For those in the mining camps, life seems little dependent on a neo-patrimonial social order. On the other hand, one may wonder what the macro-economic effects of these mining camps are for Burkina Faso. However, while perhaps raising average income in Burkina Faso, this process does not lead to investment in productive enterprise or capital. Rather than exemplifying neo- patrimonialism, the mining camps form another instance of economic growth through primary sector dependence cf. Struggle as politics within local and national communities Bayleyegn Tasew explains certain ideas on social order among the Anyuaa of Western Ethiopia.
The Anyuaa recognize village leaders to regulate their political affairs. This case is important because it gives a clear example of indigenous non-patrimonial politi- cal relations. According to Evans-Pritchard Bayleyegn Tasew ends his essay with an overview of recent developments concerning the situation of the Anyuaa people within Ethiopia. While the central Ethiopian government could be expected to act as a protector, the Anyuaa seem instead to be ignored - or worse - by their own state officials, without the possi- bility to influence the latter, as their indigenous political mores would have enabled them.
Tijo Salverda reveals the complexities of elite relations on Mauritius and their interplay with ethnicity. Mauritius provides a good test-case for establishing the persistence of clientelistic relationships. Interestingly, it is precisely the Franco- Mauritian descendants of French colonizers who hold most of the important positions in economic life, though not necessarily in political life.
Life on Mauri- tius is ethnically divided: It is significant to note that this situation of ethnicity-based clientelism did not prohibit impressive economic growth in the s. However, this period of growth does not seem to have drastically changed the relative economic positioning of the several Mauritian ethnic groups, perhaps with the exception of a minority of Sino- Mauritians. Kanneworff deals with the Mungiki in Kenya, a movement that has never been formally recognized due to its often violent actions committed to pursue its goals.
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The movement is particularly attractive for youths, who are unable to attain socio-economic mobility in their country. In certain areas of life the movement seems to have succeeded: Attempts by Mungiki leaders to align themselves with the Muslim community by announcing to convert to Islam turned out to be a miscalculation, however.
Even though Mungiki has been capable of drawing much media attention, it has never gained mainstream political power. Even though the state apparently feels compelled to use harsh repressive measures against Mungiki instead of more subtle methods, in the end the movement does not represent a threat to the power position of the state. Meine Pieter van Dijk investigates the urban bias of economic growth and poverty reduction in Tanzania.
Rural areas do not seem to profit from the healthy economic performance of Tanzania as a country. Moreover, the central govern- ment relies heavily on revenue collected in Dar es Salaam. Apart from this urban bias, the state misses out on tax revenue due to the fact that much economic activity takes place in the informal sector. The informal sector does play an important role however, Van Dijk argues, because it allows large numbers of people to earn a living, it contributes to overall economic growth and it may be a breeding ground for enhanced formal sector enterprises.
For the latter, external inputs are marked as necessary such as infrastructure and skills development, indicating that there certainly is a possibility for formalizing activities now carried out in the informal sector, if only the right policies are developed. This is what indeed seems to be case in Tanzania nowadays. If rationalization of the economic order has been a problem, it is now changing. Concerning struggle, it is noteworthy that the formal and informal sectors compete. This is also not necessary: It might be hypothesized that the government profits from this as well, as more tax revenue should lead to increased capacity for formalization, and this again to more revenue.
Wendy Willems shows how Zimbabwean cartoonists and comic strip artists express discontent with their current government. It may be argued that this would delineate the profitability of patrimonialism to certain sections of the Zimbabwean population only. No doubt Mugabe still enjoys enough support to stay in power, although more in the army and security forces than among the general public. This conflict complicates the view that violence in Sudan before the Comprehen- sive Peace Accord of was only occurring along the North-South axis. Elhag describes how the Dinka-Nuer conflict escalated into severe violence and how eventually peace between the fighting groups was reached.
Representations of the local situation by the participants are essential in understanding the conflict as well as its resolutions. Contemplating the issues of responsibility will perhaps reveal a more complex picture, but it was a sign of hope that apart from the interventions of the New Sudan Council of Churches also local prophets have made efforts to promote peace between Dinka and Nuer. International issues in Africa Sabine Luning describes the complex of authorities who have a stake in the gold mining activities in Burkina Faso. Her exposition shows a clear example of how the local and the global can be inextricably interrelated.
After the ending of the state monopoly on gold mining, the role of the state transformed from an opera- tor into a custodian of mining areas and operational permits. These permits are distributed among domestic and foreign mining companies. Together with local intermediaries, all these parties make up a complex socio-economic environment linking intercontinental trade relations with local villages. Like Werthmann, Luning also points out the quick access to and loss of wealth through gold, as well as the importance of spiritual beliefs.
Moreover, a significant conclusion is to recognize the invisibility of the mining companies on the local mining spots. This indicates that local people do not always have a complete picture of their own social matrix beyond their immediate environment. The commercial mining companies are dependent on the local intermediary for actual local access to exploitation areas and labour, and in this sense globalization is certainly not merely a top-down phenomenon.
For the gold miners themselves, however, in contrast with the Tanzanian economic actors mentioned above, their lack of information is an impediment to reflect appropriately on, let alone influence, the role they play in the current global economic order. TBPAs are assumed to facilitate the settling of boundary conflicts because of the induced cooperation of two or more countries necessary for the management of such parks.
Van Amerom points out that TBPAs may become an additional part of a border dispute rather than solving it. In matrix terms, TBPAs become items within a social matrix while they are conceived as solutions to yet other items which are judged problematic.
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This does not mean that the idea of promoting cooperation does not work: How- ever, they feel they are not in a position to influence the course of affairs, leaving this to their respective Ministries of Environment. Such development chiefs can be Ghanaians but they may also be Westerners. Development chiefs are not themselves political chiefs but are subject to local chiefs, and in this sense they provide an excellent example of the fruitful co-existence of political chiefdom and the wish for development. But the possibility for people to reflect on their own situation does have an enabling capacity here: Elisa Diallo reflects on literary representations of, and from, Africa and in her discussion unfolds a quite wide-ranging perspective on the place of Africa in the world.
This point of communication is also made by, e. As also becomes clear from the chapters, people are mostly well aware of their adverse situation. The degree to which the socio-economically disadvantaged are able to identify origins of their hardships differs across populations. Here the view of society as a matrix shows its main shortcoming clearly: This makes it difficult to predict the future course of democratization and equitable distribution of wealth. Deals are struck between African and Chinese national and sub-national governments, with little possibility for control by the populace, resulting in ambiguous effects on the economic and personal interests of African citizens.
Many parts of Africa, with its million inhabitants, know more democracy and provide more opportunity and freedom for civil society organizations than China with its 1. As the studies contained in this volume show, this is difficult but possible and not necessarily constrained by neo-patrimonialist structures.
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The United Nations University. Aspects of social relationships among urban Africans in Northern Rhodesia. African Perspectives on structural adjustment. Cape Town, Nairobi, Oxford: Towards a global, long-term and reflexive interpretation of the African contemporary experience. ASC working paper no. Graduate Journal of Social Science 2 2: As a conse- quence of a fortress conservation policy in the past, all people living in villages in the park had been forcibly removed from it and resettled in or between the already existing villages outside the park.
Although these imposed changes have not been undone, the directory board decided afterwards to follow a participatory approach towards the local communities; that means, creating a positive attitude within these communities to nature conservation by contributing to their development. In this chapter I want to deal with the question of the interrelationship between nature conservation policies and rural development policies: Data mentioned here have been gathered for a large part from their research reports and from conversations with them in the field.
However, the selection, analysis and interpretation of the data in this paper are my responsibility. Do they reinforce each other, as current ideas on sustainable development prescribe? I was happy to find five students willing to carry out the research: Two in and three in , from June to September in both years.
The park started, in the s, as a protected hunting reserve for French hunters. After a number of border changes and extensions the park has, since the last extension in , an area of , ha, i. It acquired the status of National Park in All human settlements were removed from the park during the s, and all human inhabitation and exploitation of any resource within the park was officially forbidden.
To the north of the National Park, separated from it by a long, narrow belt of land, we find the protected forest of Diambour, an area of about , ha. It was established in the second half of the s in order to prevent the catchment basin of the river Nieriko from deforestation by the local people Larrue The status of reserve implies that it is forbidden by law to establish human settlements, to cut living trees and shrubs, to hunt, to use fire, and until recently also to cultivate crops.
On the other hand, certain human activities have always been allowed, such as grazing cattle and gathering wild fruits, herbs, yam tubers, dead wood, etc. Since the new forest code of also some cultivation of food crops in places demarcated by the State forest service is allowed. For any form of commercial exploitation, however, an authorization by this national service is needed. The rural municipality of Dialokoto numbers 44 settlements, with a total population of 7, inhabitants in Boyen Annex 6 , predominantly Mandinka and Peul Fula.
Most of the 44 settlements are not represented in the rural council conseil rural , which has 28 seats and is based in the village of Dialokoto. My students lived in five of the villages: In order to answer the above-mentioned questions I will first explain in brief the ideology underlying the desired integration of conservation and development policies 1.
Then follows an overview of organizations active in the research area 2. First we will look at the governmental organizations for nature protec- tion 2. Next we will look at private projects, first for nature conservation 2. In a comparative analysis and conclusion 3 we will try to formulate some generalizations about the relationship between conservation and development policies in our research area. Conservation of nature and rural development: So, at an ideological level both parties became locked into interdependency.
It is believed that the protection of nature and wildlife, in combination with growing tourism, will stimulate rural development by creating paid jobs and other remunerating activities, whereas progressing development and alleviation of poverty will facilitate the protection of nature, among others by removing the motivations for what are regarded as illegal practices.
Policies of conservation and those of development should be synergetic in this ideological construction. However, there is a contradiction within this construction. Although the two parties are interdependent and should cooperate, the tension between conserva- tion goals and development goals remains. In every practical situation the interrelationship between the policies of nature protection and rural development has to be analysed and negotiated, and therefore a forum for coordination is a must. How is this ideology applied in our research area, as perceived by different stakeholders? They may be divided into state and private organizations.
Next they may be arranged along a continuum going from those aimed at nature conservation to those aimed at rural development or rural income generation. Since the management of the park has been in the hands of a governmental directory board DPN , whose legal competencies are limited to the park and its buffer zone.
However, as poaching and degradation increased Ndaye If local people enjoy economic advantages from the park and the wildlife, they will see it as being in their interest to protect nature and to abandon or prevent poaching. The growth of tourism is regarded as a necessary condition for nature protection and rural development. Moreover, the park was not intended to become a green island in an ocean of degraded environment but it was supposed to function as a store-room from which plants and animals, which are still abundant within the park, could spread or be trans- ferred to zones outside.
This demands a sustainable use and management of natural resources in these adjacent zones. Thus, according to this new philosophy of the DPN, rural development is required to achieve the sustainable conservation of nature. The park and these tourist facilities offer some opportunities for local development Muilerman Firstly, they bring with them paid employment: As hotel personnel about 65 salaried jobs during the top season from November till March ; as tourist guides the park has about 40 of them ; and as temporary labourers during the weeks after the rainy season for the repair and maintenance of roads, bridges and obser- vation-posts inside the park at 1, frs.
Most interesting for local people is the job of tourist guide in the national park. These guides usually are recruited from neighbouring villages and they must be available on demand. During the tourist season they work most days, but in the low season only occasionally. For instance Dar Salam has 12 tourist guides. The mean salary of a guide for the whole tourist season is estimated at an amount of , frs. CFA or euro Boyen The number of guides of Dialokoto is not exactly known at least four ; that of the labourers is about ten.
For Wassadou Feenstra There are other developmental effects of tourism as well. Local people may earn some money by selling locally produced or gathered foodstuff and fruit to the hotels and the park guards, by selling candles of beeswax and souvenirs, and by cultural entertainment music and dance for the tourists. Next, the new participatory policies of the DPN have created new economic opportunities for local communities. Elsewhere GIEs have been permitted to practise irrigated cultivation of bananas Badi, Wassadou or to keep guinea-fowls Medina or grow bamboo Dar Salam , with raw materials from the buffer zone.
One day per six weeks the people of Dar Salam are collectively allowed to practise fishery inside the park, for local consumption only Boyen This is a country-wide organization which sees to the observance of the national forest law.
EFC has always had a double task: On the one hand, to provide the Senegalese cities with wood and charcoal by allocating licences and quota to entrepreneurs, and on the other hand, to maintain the productivity of the forests for future generations. Another main objective is the regulation of the hunt by the allocation of hunting territories and quota to entrepreneurs Muilerman Our sources do not mention whether all the holdings are actually leased or not.
The leaseholders are partly foreigners and partly entrepre- neurial, wealthy nationals. They have to pay , frs. CFA a year for a licence plus a small amount per hectare. They usually have their own camp campement de chasse in their lease zone and they recruit their clients, by means of modern publicity channels, mostly from French hunting associations. It is in their own interest to manage the game stock in their holding in a sustainable way and to prevent poaching.
Big game hunting in the ZIC is organized and con- trolled by the forest service itself. Hunters, mostly from France, have to buy a general licence 15, frs. CFA [23 euro] per week and next a special permit to shoot a fixed number of the kind of animal they want, for instance for one buffalo or one antelope at euro each. For small game hunting they have to buy a licence 13, frs. CFA [20 euro] for the whole season. They are not allowed to hunt in the lease holdings. In the rural municipality of Neteboulou there are at least two hunting camps. The leaseholders recruit their personnel mostly from the neighbouring villages, i.
The hunting season largely coincides with the tourist season from November until March. After the general paradigm change in tropical forestry towards more partici- patory approaches, the Senegalese parliament finally accepted a new forest law in This code forestier makes co-management by state organisms and private groups legally possible and specifies its conditions. Moreover, local groups may obtain permission for the commercial exploitation of forest products. In this law was altered again. Legal competencies of the municipal councils were rede- fined and they were allowed to transfer part of their responsibilities to specialized private partners entrepreneurs, local groups or NGOs on condition that there is an approved plan for sustainable use.
With regard to forestry, EFC as the nation-wide guardian of the state forests has to cooperate nowadays with many councils at the different administrative levels and with the village heads, but also with numerous groups of women or young people in the villages and with GIEs, NGOs and private projects for nature conservation as well as with the DPN. The CR conseil rural. The rural council has several tasks and powers with regard to rural development as well as the maintenance of natural resources within its administrative territory: Firstly, the allotment of use rights on land and on forest, with the exception of the right on commercial forest exploitation, which means that the allotment of this last right remains the task of the EFC; secondly, the carrying out and the coordination of development projects in the different villages of the rural municipality as roads, bridges, schools, health centres, water wells ; thirdly, the coordination of reforestation wind breaks, woodlots and the prevention and combat of bush fires laying out of fire-lanes.
Within the context of progressive decentralization more powers have been delegated to the rural council. So, in , the council acquired the right to demand subventions from the national forest fund Fonds Forestier National for local forest management. It also got the legal power to redistribute the use rights on natural resources gestion de terroir according to a management plan approved by the EFC.
In , it was allowed to transfer certain responsibilities to specialized private partners. In the early s the council had already been given the right to collect annual taxes in the villages of its territory and to keep these revenues as its budget. Initially, 18 of the 22 villages identified as neighbouring on such a high density zone, took part; in , 12 of them were still participating. State organizations for rural development and income generation There are too many governmental organizations and services concerned with some aspects of rural development, to discuss them all here.
According to the criterion of furthering income-generating activities among the local people, we may select some organizations. One of these is the SONACOS, the state organi- zation which sells groundnut seeds to farmers who for one reason or another do not have sufficient groundnut seeds themselves. Complaints are rather general that these seeds are delivered too late and in insufficient quantities, and that prices are too high. Rumours are current that this is done on purpose in order to force the farmers to cultivate cotton in favour of another income-generating organization, namely SODEFITEX.
Since the Senegalese government has been trying to promote the cultivation of cotton. In the early s the government divided the country into several agrarian or ecological zones. For each zone a specialized development organiza- tion was established, to which the rural development in that particular zone was entrusted. Sodefitex has been charged by the Senegalese government with two tasks: Namely 1 the promotion of the production and commercialization of cotton, and 2 rural and agricultural development.
The second task implies the advancement of food crop production horticulture; small scale irrigation agriculture , animal husbandry, literacy and health care and in a later period also social forestry. Over the course of time Sodefitex has faced several reorganizations. The GPCs may buy requisites seeds, chemical manure, insec- ticides, pesticides etc. The formation of the cooperatives and GPCs as well as the necessary professional and literacy training of the farmers involved, surely has been a tremendous stimulus for rural development in its broadest sense.
Conservation of nature and rural development in Senegal 27 Nevertheless, the relationship between Sodefitex and the farmers has over the course of time been subject to periodical crises. After an initial enthusiasm for cotton growing and high production figures, farmers started to withdraw from cotton cultivation by decreasing their cultivated cotton area. However, farmers who are relatively wealthy or have a large labour force at their disposal, may accept the risk of a debt, and cultivate large areas of cotton.
All nine micro-projects are related to the National Park. Its leaves serve for roofing, for mats and fences, for baskets and fish traps; its fibres supply the material for pieces of furniture arm-chairs and tables and for sponges; its fruits are processed for human consumption; its roots have medicinal value; the wood of its trunk serves as rafters for roofs, and lastly the tree produces a stimulant, namely palm wine. The traditional way of exploiting the tree often means its death. In most zones around the national park this useful tree has become scarce or has already completely disappeared.
However, around Wassadou and Badi it still exists in large numbers. They provide information about the use value of this tree, how it is threatened, and how to protect it. Finally, they try to organize the production and sale of furniture and sponges. This project was started by a Belgian NGO. Since the building of an office in Dienoudiala in , the project has been able to set up activities in 23 villages. In this number had dropped to six Feenstra Unfortunately, the project did not succeed in developing a form of cooperation with the EFC because this organization wanted its services paid by the project Muilerman Therefore, the project decided to work with the DPN of the national park, although the DPN had no jurisdiction outside the park.
Within the context of this cooperation, the DPN placed one of its agents as a public relations officer animateur within the PRCNK, although this man lacked the necessary qualities and was not popular among the local people Feenstra After the first phase of three years the project was stopped. It is amazing that the two projects did not succeed in realizing any form of cooperation. The "Forbidden Bride" of the title is Nadya Argentari, a Romany girl who is the half-sister of the apparent villain of the first seven books and who is the "Wicked Rake" in the title of the last one.
Without giving too much away, let's say that the reason you will find it easier to understand what is going on in this book if you have read the previous ones is that a difficult situation has been created for some of the characters in this book as a direct result of the same old scandal which caused problems for the heroes and heroines of the first three books.
Once apon a time three young men of noble birth had been friends and colleagues, working for a government department. But then one of them had been murdered, and a second accused of the crime - and not just hanged for it, but attainted, so that his wife and young children lost everything. The murder victim, Lord Framlingham, had raised in his own home his natural son by a gypsy mistress. When the boy was seven Framlingham was murdered: Framlingham's widow's family sent his natural son to the nearest orphanage where he was thought to have died when it burned down shortly thereafter.
Twenty years later the scandal resurfaces, dragging in the surviving member of the original trio and the children of all three of them. But it is not immediately obvious who is who or what they are up to As this book starts in , Major The Honorable Rhys Morgan has just left the army where he served with distinction during the Peninsular war.
Two plus points to the author, incidentally, for a good understanding of how promotion worked in cavalry and infantry regiments of the British Army at the time: The contemporary British army did have a system where most officer commissions in the infantry and cavalry were bought and sold for hard cash from among those who had served at least a certain period in the rank below. However there were a minority of "non-purchase" commissions or promotions awarded on merit, usually for an act of suicidal bravery. For a successful soldier to have earned one promotion while his family had bought the rest would be much more common than for him have climbed all the way up without the use of money, unless he was serving in the artillery or engineers.
Neither of those services, or the Royal Navy, used the purchase system, because they needed officers with a far higher level of specialist skill. A minus point, however, for giving a character a name like "Rhys Morgan" and allowing other characters to describe him as "English. Because no parent, even one whose family had acquired an English title of nobility, would be likely to give a child the name "Rhys" unless they wanted to celebrate a Welsh heritage or connection.
On his way to his Godfather's home, Rhys Morgan falls in with a Romany clan, when he is hurt again during a heroic rescue and nursed back to health by their healer, Nadia. It turns out that the healer's half-brother Stefano Beshaley is head of the clan, and readers of the first three books will immediately recognise his name as that of Lord Framlingham's natural son, the apparent villain of those books. Rhys and Nadya are extremely attracted to each other, but any idea of a connection between them would be anathema to both their families. Stefano, having eventually made his way back to his Romany family, has never forgiven either his father's murder or the way he was discarded as a boy immediately afterwards, and hates all the "Gaujo" e.
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