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1 atlas (251 p.) : col. ill., col. maps ; 42 cm.
Earth Sciences Library (Branner)
xxxiii, 271 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • Introduction Peter Nolan 1. Making a Choice Under Pressure 2. Detrimental Effects of Redundancy 3. Breakdown of Natural Resources 4. The Economy of Waste 5. Humans and Entropy 6. Making a Fresh Start 7. Engel's Law 8. The Principle of Equivalence 9. Overcoming Barriers 10. A Blueprint for Reconstruction 11. Desperate Measures are Called for Afterword - Interviews with Deng Yingtao in Hospital in the Last Year of his Life.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780415610926 20160616
The need for China to find a new, environmentally sustainable development path is accepted widely among Chinese scholars and policy makers. This book makes available for the first time to an English-speaking audience Deng Yingtao's ground-breaking book New Development Model and China's Future. Published in 1991, the book was far ahead of its time. Deng subjects the development model of the high income countries to rigorous analysis and explores the environmental implications of China following this model. His clear conclusion is that the carrying capacity of the physical environment and nature is limited, that economic and social development should not exceed the carrying capacity of resources, and that China should not adopt the western development path. Based on insights from economics, engineering and human psychology, the book analyses the environmental impact of the current western development model, demonstrates the catastrophic impact this would have in terms of China's own development and in terms of China's relationship with the world, and argues that China's rich intellectual and scientific tradition will allow Chinese people to play a central role in finding the solution to the profound environmental and development challenges the world currently faces.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780415610926 20160616
Green Library
13, 177 p. : col. ill., maps ; 29 cm.
Green Library
viii, 184 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
  • List of Figures-- List of tables-- List of Boxes-- Abbreviations-- Acknowledgements-- 1 Introduction-- 1.1 Challenges of unsustainable development in rural China-- 1.2 Approaches to unsustainable challenge-- 1.3 Farmer innovation? Research questions and framework-- 1.4 Book structure and content-- 2 Sustainability and farmer innovation in the developing world-- 2.1 Rural development and sustainability: roles for farmers-- 2.2 Exogenously technological innovation in marginal areas-- 2.3 Methodology for farmer innovation and self-organisation-- 2.4 Conclusions: environment, sustainability and farmer innovation-- 3 Marginal areas and marginalisation in rural China-- 3.1 Geogaphy for China's rural change? A core-marginal division-- 3.2 Rural change and marginalisation in market economy era-- 3.3 Impacts of marginalisation on government intervention-- 4 Environment and innovation in rural Shaanxi-- 4.1 Marginalisation in rural Shaanxi: an introduction-- 4.2 Environmental challenges and impacts on rural livelihoods-- 4.3 Rural innovation and re-organisation in marginal areas-- 4.4 Why a farmer innovation study is needed: concluding remarks-- 5 Environmental and development challenges in Zhidan-- 5.1 Zhidan's resources and ecological environment-- 5.2 Zhidan's rural economic development and challenges-- 5.3 Evolution of Zhidan's innovation strategy-- 5.4 Institutional dilemmas and innovation organisation-- 5.5 Conclusions: institutional contradiction and rural innovation-- 6 Farmer innovative capacity and communication networks-- 6.1 Village environment and livelihood systems: overview of samples-- 6.2 Household innovative capacity-- 6.3 Farmer communication networks-- 6.4 Conclusions: communication, networks and innovation-- 7 Farmer self-organisation for innovation: cases and model-- 7.1 Technology apprpriateness: the case of greenhouse adoption-- 7.2 Innovation potential:invention of a rainfall collection system-- 7.3 Social capital and farmer innovation: case of the 'green' village-- 7.4 Farmer innovation system: a self-organisation model-- 8 Conclusion: sustainability and farmer innovation in China-- 8.1 What's the challenge? Unsustainability and marginalisation-- 8.2 Role of the poor: sustainable livelihoods and organisation-- 8.3 Innovation model for farmer self-organisation-- 8.4 Policy implications: interface between insiders and outsiders-- Footnotes-- Bibliography-- Appendix 1: Map of fieldwork location-- Appendix 2: survey map of Zhidan.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780415297196 20160527
Sustainable development in marginal areas, especially in those where rural poverty and environmental degradation are interwoven, is a great concern of development agencies worldwide, and much effort is put into development programmes, technology transfer schemes and so on. The problem is particularly acute in China, where increasing regional differences and inequality are eroding governmental poverty reduction efforts and exacerbating ecological crises. This book, based on extensive original research, examines the situation in China, especially in the Loess Plateau of Shaanxi Province. It explores in particular how farmers have organised themselves to initiate technical innovation, and considers communication networks and co-operative mechanisms. It discusses successful self-organisation, and how interfaces with external development agencies and with institutional innovation might be handled, highlighting the potential of farmer innovation initiatives, especially when they are linked with external development and environmental improvement programmes.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780415297196 20160527
Green Library

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