This book offers students and practitioners a sophisticated and convincing framework for rethinking the usual approaches to resource management. It uses case studies to argue that professional resource managers do not take responsibility for the social and environmental consequences of their decisions on the often vulnerable indigenous communities they affect. It also discusses the invisibility of indigenous people' values and knowledge within traditional resource management. It offers a new approach to social impact assessment methods which are more participatory and empowering. The book employs a range of case studies from Australia, North America and Norway.

part |2 pages

Part I Introduction (and disorientation)

chapter 1|70 pages

Worlds turned upside down

part |2 pages

Part II Ways of seeing

chapter 2|28 pages

The problem of ‘seeing’

part |2 pages

Part III Ways of thinking

chapter 3|47 pages

Complexity in resource management systems: conceptualising abstractions and internal relations

Conceptualising abstractions and internal relations The conceptual problem and the realm of theory

chapter 4|12 pages

Beyond ‘negotiation’

Rethinking conceptual building blocks

chapter 5|12 pages

Reading landscapes: cartesian geographies or places of the heart?

Cartesian geographies or places of the heart? ‘Seeing’ landscapes

chapter 6|11 pages

Ethics for resource managers

What does ethics have to do with resource management?

part |2 pages

Part IV Case studies

chapter 7|13 pages

Case studies

A research tool for resource management

chapter 8|64 pages

Recognition, respect and reconciliation

Changing relations between Aborigines and mining interests in Australia

chapter 9|13 pages

Dependent nations or sovereign governments?

Treaties, governance and resources in the USA

chapter 10|32 pages

Indigenous rights or states’ rights: hydro-power in Norway and Québec

Hydro-power in Norway and Québec Indigenous rights and states’ rights

part |2 pages

PART V Ways of doing

chapter 11|11 pages

Diversity and world order: professional practice and resource managers

Professional practice and resource managers Yet another ‘New World’? Resource management for the twenty-first century

chapter 12|33 pages

Social impact assessment

chapter 13|12 pages

Policy arenas

Reform, regulation and monitoring

chapter 14|10 pages

Co-management of local resources

The changing context of resource management

part |2 pages

Part VI From theory to praxis

chapter 15|6 pages

Sustainability, equity and optimism