Studies in Human Ecology and Adaptation

African Landscapes

Interdisciplinary Approaches

Editors: Bollig, Michael, Bubenzer, Olaf (Eds.)

  • Integrative approach brings all relevant disciplines into the discussion
  • Combines theoretical presentations with case studies by African landscapes experts
  • Explains history and development of Landscape Studies
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Landscape studies provide a crucial perspective into the interaction between humans and their environment, shedding insight on social, cultural, and economic topics. The research explores both the way that natural processes have affected the development of culture and society, as well as the ways that natural landscapes themselves are the product of historical and cultural processes.

Most previous studies of the landscape selectively focused on either the natural sciences or the social sciences, but the research presented in African Landscapes bridges that gap. This work is unique in its interdisciplinary scope. Over the past twelve years, the contributors to this volume have participated in the collaborative research center ACACIA (Arid Climate Adaptation and Cultural Innovation in Africa), which deals with the relationship between cultural processes and ecological dynamics in Africa’s arid areas.

The case studies presented here come from mainly Sahara/Sahel and southwestern Africa, and are all linked to broader discussions on the concept of landscape, and themes of cultural, anthropological, geographical, botanical, sociological, and archaeological interest. The contributions in this work are enhanced by full color photographs that put the discussion in context visually.

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“The volume appears to be marketed primarily at researchers interested in African landscapes … . the volume’s production quality is good. The typeface and layout is attractive and the quality of English is sound overall … . In summary, this is an eclectic, quirky, at times challenging … interesting volume. … will form a useful addition to many library shelves.” (Stephen Tooth, Journal of African Archaeology, Vol. 9 (1), January, 2011)

Table of contents (18 chapters)

  • Landscape in Geography and Landscape Ecology, Landscape Specification and Classification in Geomorphology

    Bubenzer, Olaf

    Pages 41-55

  • Towards a Reconstruction of Land Use Potential

    Bolten, Andreas (et al.)

    Pages 57-77

  • Landscape Ecology of Savannas

    Linstädter, Anja

    Pages 79-103

  • Quantitative Classification of Landscapes in Northern Namibia Using an ASTER Digital Elevation Model

    Menz, Gunter (et al.)

    Pages 105-117

  • Risks and Resources in an Arid Landscape

    Riemer, Heiko

    Pages 119-157

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
African Landscapes
Book Subtitle
Interdisciplinary Approaches
Editors
  • Michael Bollig
  • Olaf Bubenzer
Series Title
Studies in Human Ecology and Adaptation
Series Volume
4
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-78682-7
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-78682-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-78681-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-2695-1
Series ISSN
1574-0501
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIII, 515
Number of Illustrations and Tables
108 b/w illustrations, 41 illustrations in colour
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