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Title:Land Degradation in Southwestern Burkina Faso: The Environmental Effects of Demographic and Agricultural Change
Author(s):Gray, Leslie Carroll
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Bassett, Thomas J.
Department / Program:Geography
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Physical Geography
Abstract:The second part of the dissertation further explores the issue of for whom degradation is a problem, examining how farmers experience degradation differently; their experiences are influenced by questions of identity (age, gender, ethnicity, class and political power) and access to resources. I focus on how competition over land, an increasingly scarce resource, is enmeshed in discursive struggles about the meanings of land. Individuals and groups manipulate meanings and representations about rights to land and land management strategies in order to lay claim to land. I also challenge the narrative put forward by many in Burkina that investment in land quality is related to security of tenure. Migrants, who generally have the least secure access to land, are creating tenure security through investment in land quality.
Issue Date:1997
Description:277 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1997.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI9812599
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:1997

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