For a personal introduction to the book, see this video:
Reviews, publicity and presentations:
- Book review by Prof Roderick Neumann in AAG review of Books: “Transforming the Frontier is a brilliant and original achievement and a highly readable one at that. As I read, I became increasingly awed by the magnitude of Büscher’s feat, in terms of both the expansiveness of ethnographic field work and the complexity and nuance of his theoretical interpretation”.
- Book review by Prof Larry Swatuk in Review of Policy Research: “Bram Büscher’s Transforming the Frontier is a masterful piece of scholarship that should find a hallowed place on our bookshelves between such classics as Adams and McShane’s The Myth of Wild Africa (1992) and Ferguson’s The Anti-Politics Machine (1990)”.
- Click here for a radio interview about the book, on Hoe?Zo! Radio (aired on 1 May 2013 – IN DUTCH)
- The launch of my book, and Lorenzo Fioramonti’s excellent ‘Global Domestic Problem’, at Ike’s books in Durban, 18 July 2013. For more info on Lorenzo’s book, please click here.
International peace parks—transnational conservation areas established and managed by two or more countries—have become a popular ways of protecting biodiversity while promoting international cooperation and regional development. In Transforming the Frontier, Bram Büscher shows how cross-border conservation neatly reflects the neoliberal political economy in which it developed.
Drawing on extensive research in Southern Africa with the Maloti-Drakensberg Transfrontier Conservation and Development Project, Büscher explains how the successful promotion of transfrontier conservation as a “win-win” solution happens not only in spite of troubling contradictions and problems, but indeed because of them. This is what he refers to as the “politics of neoliberal conservation,” which receives its strength from effectively combining strategies of consensus, anti-politics, and marketing. Drawing on long-term, multi-level ethnographic research, Büscher argues that transfrontier conservation projects are not as concerned with on-the-ground development as they are purported to be. Instead, they are reframing environmental protection and sustainable development to fit an increasingly contradictory world order.