Ecology and Change

Ecology and Change

Rural Modernization in an African Community

1st Edition - January 1, 1974

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  • Author: C. Gregory Knight
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483267173

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Ecology and Change: Rural Modernization in an African Community focuses on the geographical study of agricultural practices and agricultural change on the society of the Nhiha of Mbozi Area in southwestern Tanzania, East Africa. The book presents the people; the models of the environment; traditional and evolved agricultural systems operating within a man-modified landscape; population and economic growth; and sources of change of Mbozi. The applications of the four models of change and the implications of those changes to the society of Mbozi are elucidated as well. Sociologists, political scientists, economists, and political leaders will find the book insightful.

Table of Contents

  • Contents


    Chapter 1 Mbozi

    The Corridor Region

    Mbozi Area

    Chapter 2 The People

    Peoples of the Corridor Region

    The Nyiha

    Chapter 3 Ethnogeography and Geography

    Climate and the Traditional Calendar

    Traditional Land Types



    Environmental Risk and Uncertainty

    Chapter 4 Traditional Agricultural Systems


    The Nkomanjila System

    The Nkule System

    Subsidiary Systems


    Chapter 5 Contemporary Agricultural Patterns

    The Silwimba Farm

    Agricultural Change

    Persistence of the Traditional Food-Crop System

    Chapter 6 Sources of Change

    The Indigenous Sources

    The Alien Sources

    The Government

    Chapter 7 Models of Change

    The Cultural Model

    The Resource Model

    The Economic Model

    The Spatial Model

    Models of Change

    Rural Modernization

    Chapter 8 Implications of Change

    Change and Spatial Organization

    Change and Economy

    Change and Ecology

    Change and Culture

    Appendix 1 The Vegetation of Unyiha

    Appendix 2 The Mbozi Economic Survey

    Appendix 3 Key to Alienations


    Index and Glossary

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  • No. of pages: 320
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1974
  • Published: January 1, 1974
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483267173

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C. Gregory Knight

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