Adaptive strategies in African arid lands : proceedings from a seminar at the Scandinavian Institute of African Studies, Uppsala, Sweden, April 1989 /
edited by Mette Bovin and Leif Manger.
Uppsala, Sweden : Scandinavian Institute of African Studies, 1990.
181 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
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Uppsala, Sweden : Scandinavian Institute of African Studies, 1990.
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Appeared in Choice on 1991-07:
A collection of eight case studies dealing with problems faced by pastoral and agricultural societies living in arid regions of Africa. An emerging theme is the notion that the problems these societies encounter are as much politicoeconomic as they are ecological. Three essays describe how traditional pastoral life is weakened by both deliberate and unintended government policies; two essays examine difficulties and prospects of development planning for pastoralists; two articles explore the impact of state policies on agricultural communities; and one article recounts the outcome of an African Green Revolution. A concluding chapter integrating the major propositions and conclusions would have enhanced the volume greatly. This gap is partially filled by the editors introduction, but it discusses mostly their views about the adaptive process. They argue that it is more rewarding to look at "how individual adaptive strategies are emerging within different constraints" than to focus, as the essays do, on group adaptiveness to a natural environment. Recommended for undergraduate courses in economic development and comparative cultural or economic studies, and for graduate courses in economic development with multicultural perspective. There are several typos and errors of syntax. -W. M. Akalou, Texas Southern University
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