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Author Kreike, Emmanuel, 1959- author
Title Environmental infrastructure in African history : examining the myth of natural resource management in Namibia / Emmanuel Kreike
Imprint Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2013
book jacket
 人文社會聯圖  GE160.N3 K74 2013    AVAILABLE    30600020085545
Descript xviii, 242 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Series Studies in environment and history
Studies in environment and history
Note Includes index
"Examining the Myth of Natural Resource Management in Namibia Environmental Infrastructure in African History offers a new approach for analyzing and narrating environmental change. Environmental change conventionally is understood as occurring in a linear fashion, moving from a state of more nature to a state of less nature and more culture. In this model, non-Western and premodern societies live off natural resources, whereas more modern societies rely on artifact, or nature that is transformed and domesticated through science and technology into culture. In contrast, Emmanuel Kreike argues that both non-Western and premodern societies inhabit a dynamic middle ground between nature and culture. He asserts that humans- in collaboration with plants, animals, and other animate and inanimate forces - create environmental infrastructure that constantly is remade and reimagined in the face of ongoing processes of change"-- Provided by publisher
Machine generated contents note: 1. The ends of nature and culture; 2. Architects of nature; 3. Dark earths: field and farm environmental infrastructure; 4. Water and woodland harvesting: village environmental infrastructure; 5. Browse and burn: bush savanna as environmental infrastructure; 6. Valuing environmental infrastructure and the myth of natural resources management; 7. Science and the failure to conquer nature: environing and the modern west; Conclusion
Subject Namibia -- Environmental conditions
Human ecology -- Namibia -- History
Natural resources -- Namibia -- Management -- History
HISTORY / Africa / General. bisacsh
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