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Ester Boserup’s Legacy on Sustainability : Orientations for Contemporary Research

Publication year: 2014

ISBN: 978-94-017-8678-2

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The contents are organized in three sections reflecting important focal points of Boserup’s own work: Long-Term Socio-Ecological Change; Agriculture, Land Use, and Development; and Gender, Population, and Economy. The first three chapters offer a comprehensive review of her political and scientific work. Section Two focuses on the applicability of Boserup’s reflections on land use, technology, and agriculture, incorporating case studies which illuminate and test Boserup’s hypotheses on land use intensification and soil degradation, the impact of population growth on land use, the agricultural transition, and the role of women in development. The case studies examine both long historical time series and present-day dynamics, and explore different levels of geographical scale, from the local to the regional and the global. Section Three emphasizes the key role of women and gender relations for agriculture and development.

Subject: Earth and Environmental Science, Sustainable Development, Agriculture, Gender Studies, Ecosystems, Human Geography, Ester Boserup, Socio-ecological transitions, contemporary sustainability research, society-nature interrelations, women and gender in agriculture