Lie of the Land

Lie of the Land : Challenging Received Wisdom on the African Environment

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This book addresses the issue of how environmental orthodoxies become established, and what the alternative and appropriate approaches for policy-making are. It shows that many of the established orthodoxies are ill-conceived or represent the interests of certain powerful groups. The editors draw together material from 11 key case studies across the continent which use first hand research in different ecological zones. Melissa Leach & Robin Mearns are Fellows at the Institute of different ecological zones. Melissa Leach & Robin Mearns are Fellows at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Universshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 136 x 212 x 20mm | 322.06g
  • James Currey
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0852554095
  • 9780852554098
  • 541,549

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The title says it all. The collection of essays in this fine book sets out to demolish the myths, half-truths and downright falsehoods that have shaped thinking and policy-making on the African environment over the last few decades....It is always fun to see idols being knocked from their pedestals, though rather disturbing to see a whole gallery of them smashed at once. The authors would not wish us to conclude that there are no serious environmental problems in Africa. But they do urge us to be much more critical about environmental diagnoses, and the data on which they are based. Above all, we should probe the motives of those who propound, accept, and act upon narratives that are unproven and unsound. DEVELOPMENT POLICY REVIEW ... a book of great authority which makes for fascinating reading. New as it is, it has already become a basic text for my third and fourth year classes. - Phillip N. Bradley in JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENT STUDIES ...an engaging work which aims principally to abolish the existing myths surrounding the African environment by questioning the reasons behind those myths. THE GEOGRAPHICAL REVIEW ...it should be required reading by administrators, mannd those myths. THE GEOGRAPHICAL REVIEW ...it should be required reading by administrators, managers and students onshow more

Table of contents

Environmental change & policy by Melissa Leach & Robin Mearns - Range management science & policy: politics, polemics & pasture in southern Africa by Ian Scoones - Soil erosion, animals & pasture over the long term: environmental destruction in southern Africa by William Beinart - Desertification by Jeremy Swift - Wildlife, pastoralists & science: debates concerning Mkomazi Game Reserve, Tanzania by Dan Brockington & Katherine Homewood - Rethinking the forest-savanna mosaic: colonial science & its relics in West Africa by James Fairhead & Melissa Leach - Dryland forestry: manufacturing forests & farming trees in Nigeria by Reginald Cline-Cole - Soil erosion: breaking new ground by Michael Stocking - Irrigation, erosion & famine: visions of environmental change in Marakwet by W.M. Adams - Land & capital: blind spots in the study of the 'resource-poor' farmer by Mary Tiffen - The cultural construction of environmental policy: paradigms & politics in Ethiopia by Allan Hobenshow more

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