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In the Land of Orpheus
Rural Livelihoods and Nature Conservation in Postsocialist  Bulgaria
Barbara A. Cellarius

Acting locally, thinking globally—in rural Bulgaria

Barbara Cellarius provides an ethnographic description of village life and conservation efforts in an ecologically important region of one of the most biologically diverse countries in Europe. She describes the ways in which the lives of residents of a rural community are affected by outside forces, particularly the economic and political uncertainties that have plagued Bulgaria since the collapse of communism. She examines larger forces, including environmental nongovernmental organizations, interested in linking global conservation priorities with local communities.

"This is a highly original work. I know of no other books that attempt this task. The audience should extend beyond anthropologists, to sociologists, political scientists, and even a few economists."
—Mieke Meurs, American University

Barbara A. Cellarius is a cultural anthropologist and subsistence specialist in the Division of Natural and Cultural Resources, Wrangell–St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Copper Center, Alaska.

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November 2004
LC: 2004007742GF
278 pp.  6 x 9  20 b/w photos,
10 tables, 3 figures, 2 maps 

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ISBN 978-0-299-20150-0
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—Daniel Bates, professor emeritus of anthropology, Hunter College, C.U. N.Y.


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