Beek, W. E. A. van. Processes and limitations of Dogon agricultural knowledge

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: Processes and limitations of Dogon agricultural knowledge

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph An Anthropological critique of development: the growth of ignorance, edited by Mark Hobart

Published By: Original publisher An Anthropological critique of development: the growth of ignorance, edited by Mark Hobart London ; New York: Routledge. 1993. 43-60 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Walter E. A. van Beek

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2000. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Dogon (FA16)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Tillage (241); Agricultural science (242); Vegetable production (244); Environmental quality (318); Production and supply (433);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document In this article, van Beek discusses traditional Dogon agricultural practices and the changes subsequent to their migration out onto the plain. Traditionally extended family groups worked fields closest to the escarpment, whereas bands of men in the same age-class worked fields further out, which were more vulnerable to slave raiders. Old men controlled the whole production process. The Pax Gallica opened the plains and the plateau above to settlement and land reclamation. After the Second World War, the migration increased and a lucrative market in onions developed. Between 1900 and 1970, the Dogon population increased three-fold and the region became overcultivated, a condition exacerbated by the great drought of the 1980s. Van Beek argues that the Dogon have continued to operate according to a general view of unlimited resources, invoked by past images of the endless emptiness of the plains below the cliffs. This cultural lag prevents Dogon adaptation to scarcity, imperiling their ecosystem and survival.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 30

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. fa16-030

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Essay

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 60)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1979-1991

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Ethnographer-4,5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Ian Skoggard; 1999

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1500-1990

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Bandiagara escarpment, Mali

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Dogons (African people)

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