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    Understanding of the gathering of nontimber forest products (NTFPs) in woodlands has focused heavily on politics surrounding public lands and harvester communities. Yet forest gathering may be far more universal. This paper reports the results of a survey of residents in New England, querying whether people gather wild things and for what purposes. The results suggest that gathering in New England, and elsewhere in the developed world, is not restricted to a unique type of community or economy, but instead is a form of practice. Those analytical approaches to NTFPs that seek to produce 'alternatives' to the dominant economy may therefore ironically work to reinforce a capitalocentric view of daily life.

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    Citation

    Robbins, Paul; Emery, Marla; Rice, Jennifer L. 2008. Gathering in Thoreau''s backyard: nontimber forest product harvesting as practice. Area. 40(2): 265-277.

    Keywords

    New England, nontimber forest products, alternative economy, natural resource management, usufruct, land policy

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