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Ant 211 Intensive Ag: Ethnographic Bibliography

Anthropology 211 (Advanced Topics in Cultural Ecology):
Farm Families and the Ecology of Intensive, Sustainable Agriculture
[Spring Quarter 2008. CRN# 66333. Th 3:00-5:30. 224 Young Hall]

Bibliography of Intensive Agriculture Ethnographies

Börjeson, Lowe. 2004. A History Under Siege: Intensive Agricultue in the Mbulu Highlands, Tanzania, 19th Century to the Present. Stockholm: Stockholm University (Almqist & Wicksell International).

"Börjeson’s discussion of competing theories of agricultural intensification is largely a prelude to his own empirical study, which involves geography, ecology, and historical inquiry also encompassing culture, politics, and economics—all in 174 pages. It is a narrative that is so rich and densely textured that it is impossible to summarize. . ." (Thomas R DeGregori, inAfrican Studies Review 48(3): 178-180. 2005). back to top

Layton, Robert. 2000. Anthropology and History in Franche-Comté: A Critique of Social Theory. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

"This is a study of continuity and change in rural France based on fieldwork carried out over a period of 25 years, and on historical documents spanning more than 300 years. Producer co-operatives have existed in Franche-Comté since the thirteenth century. Communities there, unlike modern English villages, are highly corporate. Robert Layton explores the relationships between inheritance rules, management of common land, household labour, and inter-household relations, as well as the impact on villages of national politics and economy. . ." (from dust jacket). back to top

Orlove, Ben. 2002. Lines in the Water: Nature and Culture at Lake Titicaca. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

"Anthropologist Ben Orlove’s memoir of his work in the highlands of Peru amounts very nearly to a love story, a scientist’s paean to villagers who for centuries have preserved their culture. For nearly 30 years, Orlove. . .has studied life in the remote fishing villages that lie on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the vast and ancient body of water set high in the Andes. . .a compelling profile of an anthropologist immersed in his work" (Paul Trachtman, Smithsonian Magazine, February 2003). back to top

Sillitoe, Paul. 1996. A Place Against Time: Land and Environment in the Papua New Guinea Highlands. London: Harwood Publishers.

“This book is a perfect example of what environmental anthropology can be: ethnographically rich, environmentally sophisticated, and sensitive to the tenuous condition of so many of the people throughout the world whose knowledge of the environment has so much to offer to our future on this planet” (E. Moran review, in American Anthropologist 99(4): 844-845).

Stephens, Stanley F. 1993. Claiming the High Ground: Sherpas, Subsistence, and Environmental Change in the Highest Himalaya. Berkeley: University of California Press.

“. . .an excellent study of the relationship between Sherpas of Khumbu and their environment. . based on extensive and meticulous fieldwork. . .a model of comprehensive cultural-ecological analysis. The use of a historical perspective makes the book particularly rich and illuminating. . .” (S. Ortner review, in American Anthropologist 96: 441-443).

Stone, Glenn D. 1996. Settlement Ecology: The Social and Spatial Organization of Kofyar Agriculture. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.

“. . .a fine example of the best work in this field [human ecology]. . .traces 40 years of frontier agrarian settlement by the Kofyar farmers of central Nigeria that the late Robert McC. Netting first wrote about in the 1960s. . .a detailed, well-organized, and methodologically groundbreaking analysis of what has happened to Kofyar agriculture and settlement patterns as these farmers have migrated out of the hills of the Jos Plateau. . .” (from C. Besteman review, Current Anthropology 38(5): 992-994). back to top

Wilk, Richard R. 1991. Household Ecology: Economic Change and Domestic Life among the Kekchi Maya in Belize. Tucson: U. of Arizona Press.

“Wilk combines a well-developed case study of households among the lowland Maya with an extended theoretical discussion of various aspects of households. . .He argues that . . .variation is the result of different systems of production and consumption, which in turn result from a variety of factors including population pressure on land, ecological variation, differential access to markets, and organization of agricultural labor.” (J.M. Acheson review, American Anthropologist 96: 1017).

Williams, D.M. 2002. Beyond Great Walls: Environment, Identity, and Development of the Chinese Grasslands of Inner Mongolia. Stanford University Press, Stanford, CA.

“. . .a remarkable tour de force. . .examin[ing] land degradation, conflicting discourses of landscape dividing the Mongol and Chinese populations as well as experts and policy makers, land use in cultural context, and the physical and social consequences of enclosure. . .an outstanding book which brings into focus complex global and local social interactions which shape the Mongolian grasslands. . .It is a delight to read and voids recourse to the tired jargon that so often distinguishes critiques of decollectivization“ (Daniel Bates review, in Human Ecology 31(2): 328-330). back to top

Zimmerer, Karl. 1996. Changing Fortunes: Biodiversity and Peasant Livelihood in the Peruvian Andes. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

“. . .a scholarly gem that simultaneously fits comfortably into several spheres of knowledge: geography, Latin American Studies, agriculture, and mountain studies. The breadth represented by this work comes in part from the author’s grounding in biology; sensitivity to Andean culture and local peasant society; and a synthesizing perspective on space, time and ecology. . .” (D.W. Gade review, Mountain Research and Development17: 378-379).

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