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Title:African landscapes: interdisciplinary approaches
Editors:Bollig, MichaelISNI
Bubenzer, OlafISNI
Year:2009
ISSN:1574-0501
Issue:4
Pages:515
Language:English
Series:Studies in human ecology and adaptation
City:New York
Publisher:Springer
ISBN:0387786813; 9780387786810; 9780387786827
Geographic terms:Africa
Egypt
Namibia
Subjects:landscape
environment
deserts
land use
Himba
Abstract:The papers in this volume explore the way that natural processes have affected the development of culture and society, as well as the ways that natural landscapes themselves are the product of historical and cultural processes. Over the past ten years, the contributors to the volume have cooperated in an interdisciplinary programme - the Collaborative Research Centre ACACIA (Arid Climate, Adaptation and Cultural Innovation in Africa) - dealing with the interrelation between cultural processes and geoecological dynamics in Africa's arid areas. The volume, which contains case studies from mainly the Sahara and Sahel regions (and particularly Egypt) and Namibia, is divided into four parts: I Arid landscapes: detection and reconstruction - perspectives from earth sciences and archaeology (contributors: Olaf Bubenzer, Andreas Bolten, Frank Darius, Karin Kindermann, Anja Linstädter, Gunter Menz, Jochen Richters, Heiko Riemer, Tilman Lenssen-Erz, Jörg Linstädter); II State, power and control in Africa's arid landscapes: perspective from the historical sciences (Michael Herb, Philippe Derchain, Patricia Hayes, Jan-Bart Gewald, Inge Brinkman); III Identity, memory, and power in Africa's arid landscapes: perspectives from social and cultural anthropology (Martin Rössler, Michael Bollig, Ute Dieckmann, Nina Gruntkowski, Thomas Widlok); IV Language and the conceptualisation and epistemics of African arid landscapes: perspectives from linguistics and oral history (Wilhelm J.G. Möhlig, Birte Kathage, Jekura U. Kavari, Laura E. Bleckmann).The book has an introduction 'Visions of landscapes' by Michael Bollig. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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