The Importance of Socio-Cultural Differences and of Pathway Analysis for Understanding Local Actors’ Responses

Mirjam de Bruijn, J.W.M. van Dijk

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Abstract

The enormous diversity of responses to the drought conditions in the last thirty years makes it difficult to formulate general conclusions about people’s responses to climate change. It is important to study the pathways of decision-making units at the micro-level and even at individual level and to emphasize the socio-economic differences in changing patterns of responses and the gradual changes in people’s ‘habitus’. To understand the options available to people it is wise to focus on the technological changes in land use, the changes in the control over resources, migration and mobility, the trends of livelihood diversification and institutional change.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe impact of climate change on drylands
Subtitle of host publicationwith a focus on West Africa
EditorsA.J. Dietz, R. Ruben, A. Verhagen
Place of PublicationDordrecht
PublisherSpringer
Pages341-362
ISBN (Electronic)9781402021589
ISBN (Print)9781402019524
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004

Publication series

NameEnvironment & Policy
PublisherSpringer
Volume39
ISSN (Print)1383-5130

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