Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Katherine Homewood
      Pages 1-10
  3. Degradation or Change?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-13
    2. Jo Abbot
      Pages 15-35
  4. Shifting Livelihoods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-62
    2. Sian Sullivan
      Pages 63-99
    3. Dan Brockington
      Pages 100-120
  5. Livelihood Strategies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-122
    2. Kate Hampshire, Sara Randall
      Pages 123-136
    3. Solveig Buhl
      Pages 137-154
  6. Social Institutions of Resource Management

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-156
    2. Monica Graziani, Philip Burnham
      Pages 177-197
    3. Katherine Homewood
      Pages 198-205
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 206-212

About this book


Top scholars examine issues which lead readers to better understand environmental change in the African continent and its effects on rural African livelihoods. Each of the studies in this book concerns four main issues: conservation, biodiversity, and environment; land use and livelihoods; environmental change; and policies for conservation and development. The volume looks closely at the details of rural resource use, access and control, the social institutions which shape this, and the effects on African environments. It is not possible to understand livelihoods in Africa - a central issue for all social and economic questions - without grasping the interplay between environmental change and the sustainability of rural livelihoods. The volume is groundbreaking in its detailed examination of this interplay, and its importance in grasping the roots of poverty and potential for its alleviation, and for its unique combination of natural and social science methods.


Africa African culture anthropology culture development environment political science politics social science sociology

Editors and affiliations

  • Katherine¬†Homewood
    • 1
  1. 1.University CollegeLondonUK

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