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Record number 537482
Title More than just fields: Reframing deagrarianisation in landscapes and livelihoods
Author(s) Hebinck, Paul; Mtati, Nosiseko; Shackleton, Charlie
Source Journal of Rural Studies 61 (2018). - ISSN 0743-0167 - p. 323 - 334.
Department(s) Sociology of Development and Change
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2018
Abstract This paper discusses the emergent properties of deagrarianisation processes in two villages in the central Eastern Cape, South Africa. The claim of is that much of the deagrarianisation literature and debate does not acknowledge the importance of landscapes and the interaction between their constituent elements, notably people, forests, grasslands, fields, grazing lands, open spaces, built environments and homesteads, all of which contribute to shaping and, in turn, are shaped by livelihoods. Conceptualising a landscape as a spatial entity and associated assemblage of practices, discourses and history, this paper dissects the landscape in terms of land uses for residential and cultural purposes, growing, grazing and gathering. These land use categories together represent the rural domain to which the villagers are attached as a place and a home. Their use of the land is not necessarily oriented to fully exploring its productive potential. The article explores the transformation from a productive landscape to one which largely hinges on consumption. The blurring of boundaries between the formally designated land use categories signifies the transformations occurring in many of the rural areas in the former homelands of South Africa.
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