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Christiane Naumann
"Where We Used to Plough"
Environmental Governance, Rural Livelihoods and Social-Ecological Change in South Africa
Reihe: Kölner ethnologische Studien
Bd. 37, 2017, 372 S., 39.90 EUR, 39.90 CHF, br., ISBN 978-3-643-90844-5

This book offers a historically and ethnographically informed case study of environmental governance, institutional and land-use change, and livelihood strategies in South Africa. Based on rich archival material, the author reconstructs how the state invented a degradation narrative and used it as legitimation for the regulation of human-environment relations during the 20th century. In addition, the study investigates how people today make a living in a post-agrarian society characterised by low agricultural production, diversification of non-farm incomes, and declining population numbers.

Christiane Naumann is a lecturer at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Cologne.

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