Revisiting tropes of environmental and social change in Casamance, Senegal
AffiliationUniversity of Chester
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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.
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 (pp. 169-186). London, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.
SponsorsCenter for International Climate and Environmental Research - Oslo / British Academy Small Research Grant ref. SG-50255
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