Local Environmental Change and Society in Africa

  • M. A. Mohamed Salih

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Samson Wokabi Mwangi
    Pages 15-38
  3. Zie Gariyo
    Pages 67-96
  4. Edlam Aberra
    Pages 173-197
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 199-203

About this book


Social and natural scientists are currently obsessed with globalization, but this has not been matched by an equal interest in the societal consequences of local environmental change. Attention has thus been withdrawn from community and locality and transferred to global processes, with an indifference to the reality of those at the receiving end of the social, economic and political problems that globalization create. Local reality is obscured and conditions are imposed that are often insensitive to or even distort local needs, resource management, and production systems.
The case studies presented here illustrate how environmental degradation has contributed to the distortion of local institutions and economies, thus denying local communities the right to live 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.


environment globalization health

Editors and affiliations

  • M. A. Mohamed Salih
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Social StudiesThe HagueThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-017-2105-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-2103-5
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