Local Environmental Change and Society in Africa

ISBN-10: 1402000464

ISBN-13: 9781402000461

Edition: 2nd 2001

List price: $129.00
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The current obsession of social and natural scientists with globalisation has not been matched by equal interest in the study of the consequences of local environmental change on society. As a result, our attention has been drawn away from community and locality to global processes often indifferent to the reality of those at the receiving end of the social, economic, and political problems globalisation creates. Larger (global) synthesis obscures local reality, and imposes conditions often insensitive to local needs, resource management institutions, and production systems, even distorting them. The case studies presented in this book illustrate how environmental degradation has contributed to the distortion of local institutions and economies, thus denying local communities the right to eke out their living in a productive and healthy environment. The contributors highlight the seriousness of the difficulties involved in conflating national policies and local reality, and imposing global policy instruments on local communities. Understandably, the case studies demonstrate that local communities resist putting their faith in environmental policies and plans imposed on them by global or national institutions that often deprive them of access to and control over their local environment.
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Book details

List price: $129.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Springer
Publication date: 8/31/2001
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 240
Size: 6.75" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Preface
Introduction: Elements of Local Environmental Change and Society
Human Health and Irrigation Development in Kenya
Choice and Use of Rural Water Supply Systems: Environmental and Socio-Cultural Dimension
Technology Change and Gender: Irrigated Agriculture and Peasant Women in Eastern Uganda
Agricultural Land Management for Sustainable Production, Swaziland
Price and Market Liberation Effect on Household Food Security: A Gender Sensitive Comparative Study of Rural and Urban Uganda
Structural Adjustment, Energy Crisis and Environment: A Comparative Gender Study of Rural and Urban Households
Air Pollution in Addis Ababa: The Predicament of "Chile Sefer"
Climate Change and Local Vulnerability
Notes on Contributors
Index
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