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Shady Practices

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Shady Practices is a revealing analysis of the gendered political ecology brought about by conflicting local interests and changing developmental initiatives in a West African village. Between 1975 and 1985, while much of Africa suffered devastating drought conditions, Gambian women farmers succeeded in establishing hundreds of lucrative communal market gardens. In less than a decade, the women's incomes began outstripping their husbands' in many areas, until a shift in development policy away from gender equity and toward environmental concerns threatened to do away with the social and economic gains of the garden boom. Male landholders joined forestry personnel in attempts to displace the gardens and capture women's labor for the irrigation of male-controlled tree crops.

This carefully documented microhistory draws on field experience spanning more than two decades and the insights of disciplines ranging from critical human geography to development studies. Schroeder combines the "success story" of the market gardens with a cautionary tale about the aggressive pursuit of natural resource management objectives, however well intentioned. He shows that questions of power and social justice at the community level need to enter the debates of policymakers and specialists in environment and development planning.

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Shady Pratices is an engaging and exceptionally well crafted case study of the micropolitics of development and conservation projects in a West African setting.

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"In this engaging and exceptionally well-crafted case study, Schroeder shows clearly how local dynamics intersect with wider processes. . . . Changes in cropping patterns, land rights, work routines, and gender politics were shaped by multiple struggles and interactions among women and men, landholders and land users, farmers, government officials, and representatives of various international agencies."—Sara Berry, author of No Condition Is Permanent

About the Author

Richard A. Schroeder is Director of African Studies and Assistant Professor of Geography at Rutgers University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520222335
Author:
Schroeder, Richard A.
Publisher:
University of California Press
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Gender Studies
Subject:
Human Geography
Subject:
Agroforestry
Subject:
Geography
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
California Studies in Critical Human Geography
Series Volume:
5
Publication Date:
19991031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
13 b/w photographs, 14 tables, and 3 map
Pages:
206
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.5 in 13 oz

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History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
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Product details 206 pages University of California Press - English 9780520222335 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Shady Pratices is an engaging and exceptionally well crafted case study of the micropolitics of development and conservation projects in a West African setting.
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"In this engaging and exceptionally well-crafted case study, Schroeder shows clearly how local dynamics intersect with wider processes. . . . Changes in cropping patterns, land rights, work routines, and gender politics were shaped by multiple struggles and interactions among women and men, landholders and land users, farmers, government officials, and representatives of various international agencies."—Sara Berry, author of No Condition Is Permanent
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