African Savannas
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288 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

32 b/w, 34 line illus.

Imprint: James Currey

African Savannas

Global Narratives and Local Knowledge of Environmental Change

Edited by Thomas J. Bassett and Donald Crummey

by Donald Crummey

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This work outlines the importance of local knowledge for understanding environmental change.

African farmers and herders modify landscapes in far more subtle and unexpected ways than commonly depicted in environment and development debates. This interdisciplinary collection uses collaborative research from the major savanna regions which stretch across Africa to make its case, and covers topics such as land users and landscapes, pastoral ecologies and policy, producers and resources. Environmental thinking about Africa is dominated by narratives of degradation and chaos. The contributors demonstrate that the empirical foundations of such long-held views are shaky at best.
"... African farmers appear as 'knowedgeable and responsible environmental managers, as actors rather than victims' .... the pragmatic focus on policy and on mis-conceptions of policy-makers, is both sound and useful... -" Gregory Maddox, JOURNAL OF AFRICAN HISTORY
"...students of African environmental change will find in this book richly detailed local studies that engage with broad debates... -" Monica van Beusekom, AFRICAN STUDIES REVIEW
"A very readable and nicely presented volume... the case studies detail much needed empirical work towards understanding the events and processes that lead to landscape change at the local and regional level." LUCAS BULLETIN

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9780852554241

March 2003

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Title Details

288 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

32 b/w, 34 line illus.

Imprint: James Currey