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Hungry for Hope: On the Cultural and Communicative Dimensions of Development in Highland Ecuador

Series: IT Studies in Indigenous Knowledge and Development

By: Carmen G Hess

113 pages, no illustrations

Practical Action Publishing

Paperback | Jan 1997 | #82837 | ISBN: 1853394033
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This book deals with indigenous people and the problems associated with agricultural problems in the high mountains of Ecuador.


Part 1 A story of dead sheep: introducing a paradox. Part 2 Anthropology and development: an uneasy relationship; participatory and indigenous knowledge approaches. Part 3 In the parish of the poor: living in Zumbahua; ecology and economy; history of Zumbahua; the community of Michacala- labour organization, Kin, agrarian structure, livestock economy; conclusion. Part 4 A Views on the environment: scientific view of nature - climate and altitude, geography; a Michacalan view of environment forces - evil wind, taken-by-the-mountain, Tingu, conditions for a good harvest. Part 5 Veterinary and indigenous models of sheep management: veterinary views of sheep breeding - genetic selection, nutrition, management practices, sheep health; a critical review; an indigenous model of sheep health - rainbow, bad luck, sinister person, witchcraft; principles of the indigenous model - testing the model - protective witchcraft; conclusion. Part 6 Hungry for hope - on the cultural and communicative dimensions of development: the rationality debate; dialogue and change; communicative rationality; getting hungry for hope.

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