Societies and Nature in the Sahel

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This book explores the links between environment and social systems in the Sahel, integrating ecological, demographic, economic, technical, social and cultural factors. Examining the conditions for land occupation and natural resource use, it offers a conceptual and practical approach to social organization and environmental management.
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Combines history, sociology, and anthropology in order to understand more clearly the nature and functioning of societies in semi-arid West Africa. Topics include ecological conditions and degradation factors in the Sehel; populations and land; past and present major Sahelian trade networks; complementary and competing uses of the land; Sahelian agrarian systems; the diversity of farming practices; Sahelian social systems; the transformation of social relations and the management of natural resources; and relations between society and nature. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Introduction: The 'Desertification' of the Sahel: A Symbol of the Environmental Crisis 1
1 Ecological Conditions and Degradation Factors in the Sahel 12
2 The Demographic Issue in the Western Sahel: From the Global to the Local Scale 37
3 Populations and Land: Multiple Dynamics and Contrasting Realities 56
4 Major Sahelian Trade Networks: Past and Present 90
5 A Shared Land: Complementary and Competing Uses 109
6 Sahelian Agrarian Systems: Principal Rationales 138
7 The Diversity of Farming Practices 159
8 Relations between Man and his Environment: The Main Types of Situation in the Western Sahel 184
9 Sahelian Social Systems: Variety and Variability 214
10 The Transformation of Social Relations and the Management of Natural Resources: 1. The Birth of the Land Question 235
11 The Transformation of Social Relations and the Management of Natural Resources: 2. The Emancipation of the Workforce 262
12 Conclusion: Relations between Society and Nature - Their Dynamics, Diversity and Complexity 290
Bibliography 325
Index 341
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