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dc.contributor.authorDinapoli, R.J.
dc.contributor.authorLipo, C.P.
dc.contributor.authorHunt, T.L.
dc.date.accessioned2021-12-13T23:26:50Z
dc.date.available2021-12-13T23:26:50Z
dc.date.issued2021
dc.identifier.citationDinapoli, R. J., Lipo, C. P., & Hunt, T. L. (2021). Triumph of the commons: Sustainable community practices on rapa nui (easter island). Sustainability (Switzerland).
dc.identifier.issn2071-1050
dc.identifier.doi10.3390/su132112118
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/662547
dc.description.abstractThe history of Rapa Nui (Easter Island) has long been framed as a parable for how societies can fail catastrophically due to the selfish actions of individuals and a failure to wisely manage common‐pool resources. While originating in the interpretations made by 18th‐century visitors to the island, 20th‐century scholars recast this narrative as a “tragedy of the commons,” assuming that past populations were unsustainable and selfishly overexploited the limited resources on the island. This narrative, however, is now at odds with a range of archaeological, ethnohistoric, and environmental evidence. Here, we argue that while Rapa Nui did experience large‐scale deforestation and ecological changes, these must be contextualized given past land‐use practices on the island. We provide a synthesis of this evidence, showing that Rapa Nui populations were sustainable and avoided a tragedy of the commons through a variety of community practices. We discuss this evidence in the context of Elinor Ostrom’s “core design principles” for sustainable communities and argue that Rapa Nui provides a model for long‐term sustainability. © 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherMDPI
dc.rightsCopyright © 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
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dc.subjectArchaeology
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dc.subjectPolynesia
dc.subjectResilience
dc.subjectTragedy of the commons
dc.titleTriumph of the commons: Sustainable community practices on rapa nui (easter island)
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dc.contributor.departmentFranke Honors College and School of Anthropology, University of Arizona
dc.identifier.journalSustainability (Switzerland)
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dc.source.journaltitleSustainability (Switzerland)
refterms.dateFOA2021-12-13T23:26:50Z


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Copyright © 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Except where otherwise noted, this item's license is described as Copyright © 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).