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Resiliency in Hostile Environments A Comunidad Agricola in Chile's Norte Chico

by William L. Alexander

Resiliency in Hostile Environments A Comunidad Agricola in Chile's Norte Chico Synopsis

Resiliency in Hostile Environments offers a rich account of cultural life across years of plenty and years of scarcity, including itinerant seasons of pastoral migration during periods of drought. Alexander's analysis of the impact of the copper mining industry on both the natural environment and on comunero culture and consciousness will interest ecological anthropologists and environmental historians, especially those in the critical subfield of political ecology. Applied anthropologists and development specialists will find relevant examples in his critique of policies and programs informed by neoliberal ideology. A case study of contested ethnicity in the development milieu is also given innovative treatment. At a broader level, the book strives to re-energize peasant studies and articulation of modes of production theory in its analysis of the persistence of these agricultural communities.

Resiliency in Hostile Environments A Comunidad Agricola in Chile's Norte Chico Press Reviews

Alexander's detailed ethnography describes the livelihood strategies and social arrangements that allow communeros to survive in their hostile natural, economic, and political environments....Alexander's work is also a valuable contribution to the growing field of political ecology. His fine description of historical processes, contemporary livelihood systems, and collective resource management systems illustrate the importance of incorporating social and ecological dynamics into a single analysis. * Transforming Anthropology * Alexander's book is an important contribution to the discussion on the existence and persistence of communal land ownership in a semi-arid ecological environment within a neoliberal economy illustrated through a specific community....Based on two periods of anthropological field research and with a genuine interest for the communities and their peasants, the author succeeds in gathering relevant data that he complements in a convincing way to give the reader a complete and lively picture of the community he is studying. * Journal For Latin American Studies * Alexander's book is an important contribution to the discussion on the existence and persistence of communal land ownership in a semi-arid ecological environment within a neoliberal market economy illustrated through a specific community.... Based on two periods of anthropological field research and with a genuine interest for the communities and their peasants, the author succeeds in gathering relevant data that he complements in a convincing way to give the reader a complete and lively picture of the community he is studying. * Bulletin of Latin American Research *

Book Information

ISBN: 9781611460421
Publication date: 1st March 2008
Author: William L. Alexander
Publisher: Lehigh University Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 259 pages
Categories: Economics,

About William L. Alexander

William L. Alexander is assistant professor of anthropology at University of North Carolina, Wilmington.

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