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The Environmental Crunch in Africa

Growth Narratives vs. Local Realities

Palgrave Macmillan

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  • Provides a critical overview of the challenges & problems of environmental–ecological conditions in Africa

  • Discusses how to address the environmental problems a growing African economy is causing

  • Examines the effects current political-economic policies have on local communities in Africa

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Table of contents (11 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xviii
  2. Cash for Cashews: Does It Add Up?

    • Margaret L. Buckner
    Pages 29-50
  3. Back Matter

    Pages 319-324

About this book

This book discusses the problems and challenges of environmental–ecological conditions in Africa, amidst the current craze of economic growth and ‘development’. Africa’s significant economic dynamics and growth trajectories are marked by neglect of the environment, reinforcing ecological crises. Unless environmental–ecological and population growth problems are addressed as an integral part of developmental strategies and growth models, the crises will accelerate and lead to huge costs in later years. 


Chapters examine multiple emerging tension points all across the continent, including the potential benefits and harm of growing urban-based ecotourism, the trajectory of labour-saving technologies and the problems facing agro-pastoralism. Although environmental management and sustainability features of African rural societies should not be idealized, functional 'traditional' economies, interests and management practices are often bypassed, seen by state elites as inefficient and inhibiting 'growth'. In many regions the seeds are now sown for lasting environmental crises that will affect local societies that have rarely been given opportunity to claim accountability from the state regimes and donors driving these changes. 

Editors and Affiliations

  • African Studies Centre, Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands

    Jon Abbink

About the editor

Jon Abbink is senior researcher at the African Studies Centre Leiden and professor of Politics and Governance in Africa at Leiden University, The Netherlands. His main interests are political anthropology, developmentalism in Africa, the ethnology and cultural history of (Southwest) Ethiopia, and religious culture and the public sphere in the Horn of Africa. Recent books are the co-edited Anthropology of Elites, the co-authored Suri Orature, and A Decade of Ethiopia: Politics, Economy and Society 2004-2016.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: The Environmental Crunch in Africa

  • Book Subtitle: Growth Narratives vs. Local Realities

  • Editors: Jon Abbink

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-77131-1

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-77130-4Published: 15 June 2018

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-08377-9Published: 05 January 2019

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-77131-1Published: 31 May 2018

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVIII, 324

  • Number of Illustrations: 18 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Environmental Sociology, Environmental Geography, Environmental Management, Environmental Policy, Environmental Politics

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Softcover Book USD 109.99
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