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Open Access Senior Thesis

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Bachelor of Arts


Environmental Analysis

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Char Miller

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Kimberly Drake

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An ongoing evolution of commodified elephants has shaped the way contemporary conservation theory approaches the species’ role in human-wildlife ecosystems today. This process has made their survival seemingly contingent upon capitalism, their value often higher than the humans they neighbor, and resolutions to ivory trade-related problems complicated by sources of profit, exploitation, and colonial-era structures of power. Must this be the case?