The Sons of Salim Ali: Avian Care in the Western Ghats of South India


Attentiveness to different practices and traditions of care can make visible divergent interests and needs. Sometimes, it is not easy to decide who should be cared for, who profits from careful practices, and who has to pay the price. As Ursula Münster shows us in her essay on silenced and silent practices of avian care in a postcolonial conservation landscape of South India, care is never innocent, it plays out within established hierarchies and power relations, and it can reinforce long traditions of imperialism and exclusion.