The SAGE Handbook of Nature offers an ambitious retrospective and prospective overview of the field that aims to position Nature, the environment and natural processes, at the heart of interdisciplinary social sciences. The three volumes are divided into the following parts: INTRODUCTION TO THE HANDBOOK NATURAL AND SOCIO-NATURAL VULNERABILITIES: INTERWEAVING THE NATURAL & SOCIAL SCIENCES SPACING NATURES: SUSTAINABLE PLACE MAKING AND ADAPTATION COUPLED AND (DE-COUPLED) SOCIO-ECOLOGICAL SYSTEMS RISK AND THE ENVIRONMENT: SOCIAL THEORIES, PUBLIC UNDERSTANDINGS, & THE SCIENCE-POLICY INTERFACE HUNGRY AND THIRSTY CITIES AND THEIR REGIONS CRITICAL CONSUMERISM AND ITS MANUFACTURED NATURES GENDERED NATURES AND ECO-FEMINISM REPRODUCTIVE NATURES: PLANTS, ANIMALS AND PEOPLE NATURE, CLASS AND SOCIAL INEQUALITY BIO-SENSITIVITY & THE ECOLOGIES OF HEALTH THE RESOURCE NEXUS AND ITS RELEVANCE SUSTAINABLE URBAN COMMUNITIES RURAL NATURES AND THEIR CO-PRODUCTION This handbook is a key critical research resource for researchers and practitioners across the social sciences and their contributions to related disciplines associated with the fast developing interdisciplinary field of sustainability science.
Chapter 73: Rural Landscapes in Dispute: on Coproduction, Farming Styles and Resource Diversity in Western Mexico
Rural Landscapes in Dispute: on Coproduction, Farming Styles and Resource Diversity in Western Mexico
Understanding how contemporary societies relate to the natural environment and how these relationships are modified by human beings in general and by farmers in particular is essential to understanding today's environmental problems (Arrighi, 1999). In this sense, rural societies contain key elements for understanding social relationships with the environment because interactions with the environment are more direct in rural communities than in urban societies. Moreover, rural societies are also most often the first to be affected by environmental degradation or pollution (Toledo & Barrera-Bassols, 2008).
Rural Mexico is subject to a profound social crisis, and rural ...