Revisiting tropes of environmental and social change in Casamance, Senegal

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/601016
Title:
Revisiting tropes of environmental and social change in Casamance, Senegal
Authors:
Evans, Martin
Abstract:
Established tropes hold that reduced rainfall across the West African Sahel and savanna from the late 1960s onwards caused migration from rural areas to cities or to better-watered lands further south. It is argued that this in turn caused major shifts in the rural economy, social transformation, disputes over land tenure and use between indigenous and immigrant populations, and violent conflict in places. Alternative analyses, while recognising a role for environmental change in social processes, take a deeper historical perspective and offer a more diverse, nuanced view of causality. This debate is worth revisiting to help prevent flawed, sometimes fallacious tropes from informing development policy and practice. The chapter thus examines paddy rice cultivation in Casamance, southern Senegal, amid broader contemporary contestations about environmentally-induced migration.
Affiliation:
University of Chester
Citation:
Evans, M. (2016). Revisiting tropes of environmental and social change in Casamance, Senegal. In C. Højbjerg, J. Knörr, & W. Murphy (Eds.), Politics and policies in Upper Guinea Coast societies: change and continuity, (pp169-186). London, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication Date:
2016
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/601016
Type:
Book chapter
Language:
en
ISBN:
978-1-349-95012-6
Sponsors:
Center for International Climate and Environmental Research - Oslo / British Academy Small Research Grant ref. SG-50255
Appears in Collections:
Geography and Development Studies

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dc.contributor.authorEvans, Martinen
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-09T10:45:05Zen
dc.date.available2016-03-09T10:45:05Zen
dc.date.issued2016en
dc.identifier.citationEvans, M. (2016). Revisiting tropes of environmental and social change in Casamance, Senegal. In C. Højbjerg, J. Knörr, & W. Murphy (Eds.), Politics and policies in Upper Guinea Coast societies: change and continuity, (pp169-186). London, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.en
dc.identifier.isbn978-1-349-95012-6-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/601016en
dc.description.abstractEstablished tropes hold that reduced rainfall across the West African Sahel and savanna from the late 1960s onwards caused migration from rural areas to cities or to better-watered lands further south. It is argued that this in turn caused major shifts in the rural economy, social transformation, disputes over land tenure and use between indigenous and immigrant populations, and violent conflict in places. Alternative analyses, while recognising a role for environmental change in social processes, take a deeper historical perspective and offer a more diverse, nuanced view of causality. This debate is worth revisiting to help prevent flawed, sometimes fallacious tropes from informing development policy and practice. The chapter thus examines paddy rice cultivation in Casamance, southern Senegal, amid broader contemporary contestations about environmentally-induced migration.en
dc.description.sponsorshipCenter for International Climate and Environmental Research - Oslo / British Academy Small Research Grant ref. SG-50255en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherPalgrave Macmillanen
dc.subjectenvironmenten
dc.subjectmigrationen
dc.subjectagricultureen
dc.subjectSenegalen
dc.subjectCasamanceen
dc.titleRevisiting tropes of environmental and social change in Casamance, Senegalen
dc.typeBook chapteren
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chesteren
dc.identifier.urlhttp://www.palgrave.com/in/book/9781349950126-
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