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The Lie of the Land (African Issues)

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ISBN-13: 978-0435074074
ISBN-10: 0435074075
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The title says it all. The collection of essays in this fine book sets out to demolish the myths, half-truths and downright falsehoods that have shaped thinking and policy-making on the African environment over the last few decades....It is always fun to see idols being knocked from their pedestals, though rather disturbing to see a whole gallery of them smashed at once. The authors would not wish us to conclude that there are no serious environmental problems in Africa. But they do urge us to be much more critical about environmental diagnoses, and the data on which they are based. Above all, we should probe the motives of those who propound, accept, and act upon narratives that are unproven and unsound. DEVELOPMENT POLICY REVIEW ... a book of great authority which makes for fascinating reading. New as it is, it has already become a basic text for my third and fourth year classes. - Phillip N. Bradley in JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENT STUDIES engaging work which aims principally to abolish the existing myths surrounding the African environment by questioning the reasons behind those myths. THE GEOGRAPHICAL REVIEW should be required reading by administrators, managers and students on a wide variety of land-use, development and environmental policy courses. COMMONWEALTH FORESTRY --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

MELISSA LEACH is a Fellow of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex.

ROBIN MEARNS is a Fellow of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex.


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Product Details

  • Series: African Issues
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Heinemann (December 2, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0435074075
  • ISBN-13: 978-0435074074
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,093,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter Andersen on November 3, 2004
Format: Paperback
I was a bit surprised to see that this excellent book has not been reviewed before. We have used it as textbook in Masters' courses for several years at University of Bergen. It contains a number of high class articles which in a well documented manner challenge the 'received wisdom' of overdramatised environmental degradation which for long has distorted policy, aid and research in tropical countries. The authors do not take a blind opposite stand, and we see how our students through reading this book have changed their views and become reflected and finally grasped what sound, critical academic thinking entails.
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