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Beyond the Biophysical

Knowledge, Culture, and Power in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management

Editors: German, Laura, Ramisch, Joshua J., Verma, Ritu (Eds.)

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  • Presents original case studies and conceptual syntheses from Africa, Asia, and Latin America
  • Follows common standards of academic rigor while minimizing the use of jargon
  • Moves from critique to concrete recommendations for scholarship and practice
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Beyond the Biophysical argues for an interdisciplinary perspective on agriculture, natural resource management (NRM), and international development practice that extends beyond a purely biophysical orientation. Biophysical interventions succeed or fail not simply on their own merits but within a context shaped by knowledge, culture, and power. The original case studies and conceptual syntheses (from Africa, Asia, and Latin America) analyze some of the challenges and “misadventures” associated with past and current development approaches and practice. They apply contemporary, critical social science to make sense of these realities and offer concrete recommendations for moving beyond them. With them, we hope to make social science theory, the challenges faced by socio-cultural scientists working in arenas dominated by other disciplines, and the potentially unique contributions of social science to agriculture and natural resource management more accessible to biophysical scientists, development practitioners, and those exploring the socio-cultural sciences as a possible career path.

The book is broken into four main sections: (1) an introduction to concepts and the volume; (2) a series of chapters designed to foster a rethinking of common concepts and assumptions in agricultural development and natural resource management; (3) a set of case studies and conceptual overviews on the interface of knowledge, culture, and politics; and (4) a set of chapters on institutional disconnects and innovations to expand institutionalized thinking and practice.

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“Each chapter offers insight into the challenges associated with agricultural research and NRM, and emphasizes the limitations of a narrow or fragmented approach. … the volume is intended to promote an interdisciplinary approach among scientists and development practitioners. … the chapters are well-written and their arguments should be considered by anyone who is interested in agriculture, NRM, and international development.” (Rachel Hestrin, Agriculture and Human Values, Vol. (30), 2013)


Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Agriculture, Natural Resource Management, and “Development” Beyond the Biophysical

    Pages 1-21

    German, Laura (et al.)

  • Beyond the Invisible: Finding the Social Relevance of Soil Nutrient Balances in Southern Mali

    Pages 25-48

    Ramisch, Joshua J.

  • The “Demonization” of Rainforest Migrants, or: What Conservation Means to Poor Colonist Farmers

    Pages 49-71

    Larson, Anne M.

  • Beyond Biodiversity: Culture in Agricultural Biodiversity Conservation in the Himalayan Foothills

    Pages 73-97

    Pant, Laxmi P. (et al.)

  • Local Knowledge and Scientific Perceptions: Questions of Validity in Environmental Knowledge

    Pages 99-125

    German, Laura

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eBook $109.00
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  • ISBN 978-90-481-8826-0
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Hardcover $199.99
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $149.99
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  • ISBN 978-94-017-8421-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Beyond the Biophysical
Book Subtitle
Knowledge, Culture, and Power in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management
Editors
  • Laura German
  • Joshua J. Ramisch
  • Ritu Verma
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-90-481-8826-0
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-8826-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-481-8825-3
Softcover ISBN
978-94-017-8421-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 301
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