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Main Title Fishing, Foraging and Farming in the Bolivian Amazon On a Local Society in Transition / [electronic resource] :
Author Ringhofer, Lisa.
Publisher Springer Netherlands,
Year Published 2010
Call Number QH540-549.5
ISBN 9789048134878
Subjects Life sciences. ; Ecology. ; Sustainable development. ; Environmental economics. ; Anthropology. ; Sociology. ; Demography.
Internet Access
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Collation XVIII, 249 p. online resource.
Due to license restrictions, this resource is available to EPA employees and authorized contractors only
Contents Notes
Introduction: Setting the Stage -- Sociometabolic Transitions and the MEFA Toolkit: Concepts and Methods -- Exploring an Indigenous World in the Bolivian Amazon: The Case of the Tsimane' -- Stocks, Flows and Land Use: The Metabolic Profile of Campo Bello -- Time, Work, and Other Functions -- Comparing Local Transitions Across The Developing World -- Local Visions for a Global Future. Empirical in character, this book analyses the society-nature interaction of the Tsimane', a rural indigenous community in the Bolivian Amazon. Following a common methodological framework, the material and energy flow (MEFA) approach, it gives a detailed account of the biophysical exchange relations the community entertains with its natural environment: the socio-economic use of energy, materials, land and time. Equally so, the book provides a deeper insight into the local base of sociometabolic transition processes and their inherent dynamics of change. The local community described in this publication stands for the many thousands of rural systems in developing countries that, in light of an ever more globalising world, are currently steering a similar - but maybe differently-paced - development course. This book presents insightful methodological and conceptual advances in the field of sustainability science and provides a vital reader for students and researchers of human ecology, ecological anthropology, and environmental sociology. It equally contributes to improving professional development work methods.