Sustainable Livelihoods in Kalahari Environments: A Contribution to Global Debates

Hardcover | July 1, 2002

EditorDeborah Sporton, David S. G. Thomas

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This edited collection provides a comprehensive overview of the dynamics of contemporary natural resource based livelihoods and implications for their sustainability in the context of the Kalahari environment of southern Africa, a region subject to marked spatial and temporal naturalvariability. Each chapter is written by an active Kalahari researcher and addresses, from an environmental or a social perspective, the implications of different policies for rural livelihoods and coping strategies. In each chapter one or more of the key tenets of environment, policy andstructural land use change provides the central element around which the sustainable livelihoods theme is considered. Although the focus of the book is the Kalahari, introductory and concluding chapters, in turn, contextualise the research and discuss key enviro-development issues which resonateacross the individual chapters with relevance for wider global debates.

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This edited collection provides a comprehensive overview of the dynamics of contemporary natural resource based livelihoods and implications for their sustainability in the context of the Kalahari environment of southern Africa, a region subject to marked spatial and temporal naturalvariability. Each chapter is written by an active Ka...

Deborah Sporton is a Lecturer, Department of Geography, University of Sheffield. David S. G. Thomas is a Professor of Physical Geography, University of Sheffield.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:252 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.77 inPublished:July 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198234198

ISBN - 13:9780198234197

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Table of Contents

1. David S.G. Thomas and Deborah Sporton: Sustainable Livelihoods in Kalahari Environments2. David S.G. Thomas: Sand, Grass, Thorns, and ... Cattle: the Modern Kalahari Environment3. Deborah Sporton and Chasca Twyman: Politics, Policy, and Livelihoods in the Kalahari4. Jeremy S. Perkins, G. Stuart-Hill, and B. Kgabung: The Impact of Cattle-Keeping on the Wildlife, Vegetation, and Veld Products of the Kalahari5. Andrew Dougill: Ecological Change in Kalahari Rangelands: Permanent or Reversable?6. Deborah Sporton and David S.G. Thomas: Environmental Change, Entitlements, and Poverty in Kalahari Pastoral Systems7. Chasca Twyman: Entitled to a Living: Opportunity and Diversity in the Kalahari Wildlife Management Areas8. Robert K. Hitchcock: Coping with Uncertainty: Adaptive Responses to Drought and Livestock Disease in the Northern Kalahari9. Jacqueline S. Solway: Drought as a 'revolutionary crisis': an Exploration of Shifting Entitlements and Hierarchies in the Kalahari10. Deborah Sporton and David S.G. Thomas: Local Lessons for Global Problems Contributions to Global Debates from the Kalahari

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`This disturbing book should be compulsory reading for all those engaged in rural development and poverty alleviation.'Helen K. Watson, University of Natal