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Rural Resources & Local Livelihoods in Africa

Edited By: Katherine Homewood

James Currey

Paperback | Jan 2005 | #116760 | ISBN: 0852559151
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About this book

Seeks to analyse and clarify interactions of environment, land use, livlihoods, and natural resource management in African forests and savannas.

'This book analyses and clarifies the interactions of environment, land use, livelihoods and natural resource management in African forests and rangelands.' - CAB International `It is highly recommended for scholars of Africa's political economy, donor agencies, civil society groups and activists engaged in natural resource agitations and development in Africa.' - Daniel A Omeweh in Africa Spectrum 40 (2005) '[the book] is highly recommended for scholars of Africa's political economy, donor agencies, civil society groups and activists engaged in natural resource agitations and development in Africa.' Daniel A Omoweh Afrika spectrum 2005 40:3 'Rural Resources and Local Livelihoods in Africa presents an excellent collection of multi-methodological studies concerned with local resource use practices and policy intervention in different environments throughout sub-Saharan Africa. 'The concerns of the present volume are less to challenge than 'to bring home to researchers, policymakers and practitioners the breadth and complexity of issues in rural resources and livelihoods' (p.1), and to develop methods and approaches that help capture this complexity appropriately.' '...One can only applaud that the radical critique now firmly rooted in African environmental studies has resulted in producing such sophisticated understandings of the interaction between political and environmental processes in Africa today, and one would hope for further developments in this direction.' Pauline Von Hellermann, the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 'The book is a production of a felicitous academic enterprise. Katherine Homewood's first degree was in zoology and her PhD was in anthropology. She convenes the Human Ecology Research Group in the Department of Anthropology at University College London that integrates natural and social science approaches to conservation and development interactions, particularly in Southern Africa. A link is made in this collection of papers between the interdisciplinary approaches advocated and the actual development discourse on poverty and gender in livelihood frameworks. The reader contains articles by colleagues and people who completed PhDs in the framework of that research group. The pleasure of working together on these topics shines through all contributions. '...a worthwhile and stimulating collection of papers.' Development and Change.


Contents

Introduction: rural resource use & local livelihoods in sub-saharan Africa by Katherine Homewood - I DEGRADATION OR CHANGE? Out of the woodland, into the fire: fuelwood & livelihoods within & beyond Lake Malawi National Park by Jo Abbot - Protected areas & decentralizaton in the Democratic Republic of Congo: a case for devolving responsibility to local institutions by E. de Merode - II SHIFTING LIVELIHOODS: CONSERVATION & DEVELOPMENT IN CHANGING ENVIRONMENTS Detail & dogma, date & discourse: food-gathering by Damara herders and conservation in arid north-west Namibia by Sian Sullivan - The contingency of conservation by David Brockington - III LIVELIHOOD STRATEGIES: DEMOGRAPHIC & ECONOMIC WAYS OF DEALING WITH UNPREDICTABLE CHANGE People are a resource: demography & livelihoods in Sahelian Fulbe of Burkina Faso by K. Hampshire & S. Randall - Gender equality - No: what do Fulbe women really want? by S. Buhl IV SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS Understanding institutional contexts to define research questions: settlement history, forestry institutions, identities & visions of the future in south-west Cameroon by B. Sharpe - Legal pluralism in the rain forests of south-eastern Cameroon by M. Graziani & P. Burnham - Conclusion by Katherine Homewood

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Biography

Katherine Homewood is Professor of Anthropology at University College, London

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