Environmental Change and African Societies


The volume Environmental Change and African Societies contributes to current debates on global climate change from the perspectives of the social sciences and the humanities. It charts past and present environmental change in different African settings and also discusses policies and scenarios for the future. The first section, “Ideas”, enquires into local perceptions of the environment, followed by contributions on historical cases of environmental change and state regulation. The section “Present” addresses decision-making and agenda-setting processes related to current representations and/or predicted effects of climate change. The section “Prospects” is concerned with contemporary African megatrends. The authors move across different scales of investigation, from locally-grounded ethnographic analyses to discussions on continental trends and international policy.
Contributors are: Daniel Callo-Concha, Joy Clancy, Manfred Denich, Sara de Wit, Ton Dietz, Irit Eguavoen, Ben Fanstone, Ingo Haltermann, Laura Jeffrey, Emmanuel Kreike, Vimbai Kwashirai, James C. McCann, Bertrand F. Nero, Jonas Ø. Nielsen, Erick G. Tambo, Julia Tischler.
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Ingo Haltermann, geographer and freelance editor, especially engages in projects dealing with the perception of and response to climate change. Amongst others he published The Perception of Natural Hazards in the Context of Human (In-)Security (Peter Lang, 2012).

Julia Tischler is Assistant Professor of African History at Basel University, Switzerland, and author of Light and Power for a Multiracial Nation. The Kariba Dam Scheme in the Central African Federation (Palgrave, 2013). Her research focusses on Southern Africa, development, and environmental history.
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Introduction: Environmental Change and African Societies
Julia Tischler and Ingo Haltermann

Part 1
1 To See or Not to See: On the ‘Absence’ of Climate Change (Discourse) in Maasailand, Northern Tanzania
Sara de Wit
2 Perspectives on Climate Change in Makonde District, Zimbabwe since 2000
Vimbai Kwashirai

Part 2
3 Environmental and Climate Change in Africa: Global Drought and Local Environmental Infrastructure
Emmanuel Kreike
4 Shamba Forestry in Colonial Kenya: Colonial Dominance or African Opportunity?
Ben Fanstone

Part 3
5 I’m Staying! Climate Variability and Circular Migration in Burkina Faso
Jonas Østergaard Nielsen
6 Living with a Changing Climate in sub-Saharan Africa: More of the Same
Joy Clancy
7 Sustainable Mauritius? Environmental Change, Energy Efficiency, and Sustainable Development in a Small Island State in the Indian Ocean
Laura Jeffery
8 Transformative Learning for Global Change? Reflections on the wascal Master Programme in Climate Change and Education in the Gambia
Irit Eguavoen and Erick Tambo

Part 4
9 Africa in Transition: What Role for the Environment?
Ton Dietz
10 Africa’s High Modernism: Historical Ecologies of Climate Change and Hydrologies of Watersheds (Blue Nile and Zambezi)
James C. McCann
11 Increasing Urbanisation and the Role of Green Spaces in Urban Climate Resilience in Africa
Bertrand F. Nero, Daniel Callo- Concha, and Manfred Denich

Historians, social anthropologists, political scientists, geographers and anyone else interested in environmental change in Africa.
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