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Savannas and Dry Forests. Linking People with Nature. Jayalaxshmi Mistry and Andrea Berardi(eds). Aldershot: Ashgate. 2006. 274 pp. ISBN 0-7546-4507-X

Authors: Tor A. Benjaminsen,

Publish Date: 2007/01/06
Volume: 36, Issue:1, Pages: 135-136
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During the last 20 years, there has been a tremendous increase in the amount and quality of drylands research leading to the creation of new knowledge and the questioning of old ‘truths.’ Research on African savannas and dry forests has in particular been leading the way. This increased research effort has for instance resulted in a paradigm shift in range science from equilibrium to non-equilibrium ecology. But new insights on people–nature relationships have also been gained on issues of deforestation, the use of fuelwood as domestic energy, the role of bush fires in savanna ecosystems, land tenure, soil fertility, and agricultural development in general. In addition, the recent post-structural influence in environment and development studies has contributed to uncover how hegemonic policy discourses are closely linked to the interests and values of powerful actors be they multinational institutions, national governments, aid bureaucracies, or environmental organizations. The...



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