(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

Anthropogenic dark earths in the landscapes of Upper Guinea, West Africa : intentional or inevitable?

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

FRASER J.A. (1) ; LEACH M. (2) ; FAIRHEAD J. (3) ;
(1) Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University, Lancaster, ROYAUME-UNI
(2) Institute of Development Studies, Univ. of Sussex, Brighton, ROYAUME-UNI
(3) Dept. of Anthropology, Univ. of Sussex, Brighton, ROYAUME-UNI


This article presents a case study of a Loma settlement in Northwest Liberia in which ethnography, oral history, and landscape mapping reveal subsistence practices and habitus that lead African dark earths (AfDEs) to form inevitably around settlements and farm camps. To consider the question of intentionality and how the inevitability of AfDE is experienced, it combines historical and political ecology with elements of nonrepresentational theory. It shows how the Loma phenomenological experience of these soils and their origins is better conceptualized in terms of sensual objects, the formation of which is inflected by these social and political processes. It thus reframes the debate away from intentionality, to theorize enriched anthropogenic soils and landscapes in terms of shifting sociocultural, political, and historical factors interplaying with the practical, sensually experienced, and inevitable effects of everyday life


Article of periodic

published at : Annals of the Association of American Geographers / ISSN 0004-5608 / CODEN AAAGAK

Editor : Association of American Geographers, Washington, DC - ETATS-UNIS (1911)

Millesime : 2014, vol. 104, no6 [pp. 1222-1238]

Bibliographic references : 3 p.

Collation : 2 cartes, 1 ill.




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