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Hungry for Hope

By Carmen Hess
ISBN: 9781853394034
This book deals with indigenous people and the problems that plague agricultural production. The author argues that when indigenous knowledge systems and PRA approaches are placed in the context of communicative action theory, they will gain significance, and cross-cultural co-operation for development should be improved.

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  • Synopsis
    This book deals with indigenous people and the problems that plague agricultural production in the high mountains of Ecuador. The author argues that when indigenous knowledge systems and participatory rural appraisal approaches are placed in the context of communicative action theory, they will gain theoretical, political and practical significance, and cross-cultural co-operation for development should be improved. Aimed at a varied readership, including those with an interest in agricultural knowledge systems, participatory philosophy, or the rural economy and ethnography of the Andes. Published in the Indigenous Knowledge and Development series.
  • Table of Contents
    Abbreviations viii
    Acknowledgements ix
    Preface xi
    1. A story of dead sheep 1
    Introducing a paradox 4
    2. Anthropology and development 7
    An uneasy relationship 7
    Participatory and indigenous knowledge approaches 9
    3. In the parish of the poor 13
    Living in Zumbahua 15
    Ecology and economy 18
    History of Zumbahua 19
    The community of Michacala 22
    Labour organization 24
    Kin 27
    Agrarian structure 28
    Livestock economy 29
    Conclusion 31
    4. Views on the environment 34
    A scientific view of nature 35
    Climate and altitude 35
    Geography 37
    A Michacalan view of environmental forces 39
    Evil wind 41
    Taken-by-the-mountain 42
    Tingu 44
    Conditions for a good harvest 45
    5. Veterinary and indigenous models of sheep management 51
    Veterinary views of sheep breeding 55
    Genetic selection 55
    Nutrition 56
    Management practices 58
    Sheep health 61
    A critical review 64
    An indigenous model of sheep health 67
    Rainbow 67
    Bad luck 69
    Sinister person 71
    Witchcraft 72
    Principles of the indigenous model 73
    Testing the model: protective witchcraft 76
    Conclusion 79
    6. Hungry for Hope: on the cultural and communicative
    dimensions of development 82
    The rationality debate 82
    Dialogue and change 85
    Communicative rationality 87
    Getting hungry for hope 91
    Notes 93
    Glossary 101
    Sources 102
    References 103
  • Details
    Sub Title N/A
    Author Carmen Hess
    Editor No
    Number of Pages 128
    Format Paperback / softback
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