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Resilience thinking versus political ecology: Understanding the dynamics of small-scale, labour-intensive farming landscapes.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3322-7848
2012 (English)In: Resilience and the Cultural Landscape: Understanding and Managing Change in Human-Shaped Environments / [ed] Tobias Plieninger, Claudia Bieling, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012, 1, 95-110 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this paper I examine political ecology and resilience thinking from the perspective of what these different theoretical perspectives can offer for our under standing of farming communities and agricultural landscapes. For the management of agricultural landscapes we need good theories and understandings of the driving forces behind the emergence, endurance and decline of particular types of farming practices and farming systems. The question is not new in landscape studies; much research in landscape history has been aimed towards understanding the rationale behind, and the explanation of a specific type of agrarian landscape. But in this field we are witnessing an increased demand for applied research, whether for formulating landscape policies in Europe or finding ways towards a sustainable agriculture globally. In such a period of demand for research results we need sharp theoretical tools. Recent research on farming communities and agrarian landscapes in Europe and Africa is examined. A focus point is on the empirical insights that research, based on resilience thinking and political ecology respectively, can offer.

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Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012, 1. 95-110 p.
Keyword [en]
resilience, political ecology, tanzania
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Human Geography
Research subject
Human Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-81853DOI: 10.1017/CBO9781139107778.008ISBN: 978-1-107-02078-8OAI: diva2:564088
Swedish Research Council, 2006-1728
Available from: 2012-11-01 Created: 2012-11-01 Last updated: 2015-01-23Bibliographically approved

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