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Author LinkKreike, Emmanuel,1959-author.
Title LinkEnvironmental infrastructure in African history : examining the myth of natural resource management in Namibia / Emmanuel Kreike, Princeton University.
Distribution Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2013.
Description xviii, 242 pages :  ill. ; 24 cm.
Type of Material Book
Series ( Studies in environment and history )
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographic references and index.
Contents Contents: 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.
Summary "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.
Subject LinkNamibia -- Environmental conditions.
LinkHuman ecology -- Namibia -- History.
LinkNatural resources -- Namibia -- Management -- History.

System Number 000665045
ISBN Link9781107001510 (hardback)
Link110700151X (hardback)

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