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Leach, Melissa

Works: 116 works in 410 publications in 2 languages and 7,565 library holdings
Genres: History  Cross-cultural studies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Creator
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Most widely held works by Melissa Leach
Misreading the African landscape : society and ecology in a forest-savanna mosaic by James Fairhead( Book )

23 editions published between 1996 and 2011 in English and Italian and held by 478 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Islands of dense forest in the savanna of 'forest' Guinea have long been regarded by both scientists and policy-makers as the last relics of a once more extensive forest cover, degraded and degrading fast due to its inhabitants' land use. Through meticulous use of historical sources, and an investigation of inhabitants' technical knowledge and practices, James Fairhead and Melissa Leach question these entrenched assumptions. They show, on the contrary, how people have created forest islands around their villages, and how they have turned fallow vegetation more woody, so that population growth has implied more forest, not less. They also consider the origins, persistence and consequences of a century of erroneous policy. Interweaving historical, social anthropological and ecological data, this unique study advances a novel theoretical framework for ecological anthropology, forcing a radical re-examination of some central tenets in each of these disciplines
The lie of the land : challenging received wisdom on the African environment by Melissa Leach( Book )

13 editions published between 1996 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Images of children starving because of environmental destruction have become an integral part of the way that Africa is perceived in the north. That is a typical signpost to the lie of the land. This book questions the reasoning behind such images." "How do environmental orthodoxies become established? Historically informed research in this book shows that many of the orthodoxies are ill-conceived or represent the interests of certain powerful groups." "What are the alternative and appropriate approaches for policy-making? This pioneering book draws eleven key cases together to explore their commonalities. Challenges to received wisdom have reached a critical mass which allows comparative analysis." "On what experience do these contributors draw? first hand research in different ecological zones; experience in different aspects of rural production; ecology, soil science, geography, social anthropology, economics and history."--Jacket
Rainforest relations : gender and resource use among the Mende of Gola, Sierra Leone by Melissa Leach( Book )

11 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 318 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawing on anthropological fieldwork in Mende communities, Leach details day-to-day interaction with the environment, examining labor and tenure arrangements, gathered products and their markets, hunting and fishing practices, and crop types. She focuses on different women's and men's experiences and their access to, use, and control of the land. She shows how links between local women and their environment depend on dynamic gender relations in agriculture, forest resource use, and social life. This gender study is placed in the context of both an overview of West African conservation agendas over the past century and an examination of the strengths and weaknesses of ecofeminism and other currently popular approaches to women and the environment
Science and citizens : globalization and the challenge of engagement by Melissa Leach( Book )

23 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in English and held by 317 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book brings together for the first time authors from diverse experiences and analytical traditions, encouraging a conversation between science and technology and development studies around issues of science, citizenship and globalisation. It reflects on the nature of expertise; the framing of knowledge; processes of public engagement; and issues of rights, justice and democracy. A wide variety of pressing issues is explored, such as medical genetics, agricultural biotechnology, occupational health and HIV/AIDS."--Jacket
Science, society and power : environmental knowledge and policy in West Africa and the Caribbean by James Fairhead( Book )

10 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The authors take a unique ethnographic perspective, linking approaches in anthropology, development and science studies. They address critically prominent debates in each, and explore opportunities for new forms of participation, public engagement and transformation in the social relations of science."--Jacket
Reframing deforestation : global analyses and local realities ; studies in West Africa by James Fairhead( Book )

18 editions published between 1998 and 2003 in English and held by 265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reframing Deforestation suggests that the scale of destruction wrought by West African farmers during the twentieth century has been vastly exaggerated and global analyses have unfairly stigmatized them
Dynamic sustainabilities : technology, environment, social justice by Melissa Leach( Book )

11 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introducing a new pathways approach for understanding and responding to sustainability challenges, this title explores practical ways forward for building pathways to sustainability
Vaccine anxieties : global science, child health and society by Melissa Leach( Book )

14 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 216 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the most insightful and compelling analyses of a modern public health paradox.? Richard Horton Editor of The Lancet?A remarkable anthropological comparison across continents this book is about common anxieties and different circumstances as they colour people?s lives. The empirical studies at its core show us parents struggling with global science with stereotypes about ignorance with the delivery of medical services all framed by their personal knowledge and experiences. Vaccination offers a brilliant case study for a brilliant exposition.? Marilyn Strathern DBE Professor of Social A
Epidemics : science, governance, and social justice by Sarah Dry( Book )

10 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 176 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recent disease events such as SARS, H1N1 and avian influenza, and haemorrhagic fevers have focussed policy and public concern as never before on epidemics and so-called 'emerging infectious diseases'. Understanding and responding to these often unpredictable events have become major challenges for local, national and international bodies. All too often, responses can become restricted by implicit assumptions about who or what is to blame that may not capture the dynamics and uncertainties at play in the multi-scale interactions of people, animals and microbes. As a result, policies intended to
Carbon conflicts and forest landscapes in Africa by Melissa Leach( Book )

12 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Amidst the pressing challenges of global climate change, the last decade has seen a wave of forest carbon projects across the world, designed to conserve and enhance forest carbon stocks in order to reduce carbon emissions from deforestation and offset emissions elsewhere. Exploring a set of new empirical case studies, Carbon Conflicts and Forest Landscapes in Africa examines how these projects are unfolding, their effects, and who is gaining and losing. Situating forest carbon approaches as part of more general moves to address environmental problems by attaching market values to nature and e
Environmental entitlements : a framework for understanding the institutional dynamics of environmental change by Melissa Leach( Book )

9 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Food security and the environment : conflict or complementarity? by Susanna Davies( Book )

10 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dealing with displacement : refugee-host relations, food and forest resources in Sierra Leonean Mende communities during the Liberian influx, 1990-91 by Melissa Leach( Book )

5 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Trees to meet contingencies : savings and security for the rural poor by Robert Chambers( Book )

9 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mobilising citizens : social movements and the politics of knowledge by Melissa Leach( Book )

9 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This paper reflects comparatively on a series of case studies of citizen mobilisation in both north and south, arguing that the politics of knowledge are now central. The cases focus on issues ranging from genetically-modified crops, vaccines, HIV/AIDS and occupational health, to struggles around water, housing, labour rights and the environment. In different ways, each has asked: who mobilises and who does not, how and why? How are activist networks constituted, involving what forms of identity, representation and processes of inclusion and exclusion? What forms of knowledge - including values, perceptions and experiences - frame these movements and how do citizens and 'experts' interact? What resources and spaces are important in mobilisation processes? The paper offers a synthesis of some of the major theoretical perspectives, lines of argument and issues emerging the case studies' responses to these questions. In the first part, it engages social movement theory with theories of citizenship. It draws out four overlapping perspectives on processes of mobilisation which are all important to understanding the cases, and which point towards an understanding of 'mobilising citizens' as knowledgeable actors engaged in a dynamic, networked politics across local and global sites. In the second part, the paper explores three key emergent themes: knowledge and power; cultures, styles and practices of activism, and the increasing array and complexity of arenas in which citizens press their claims, including legal spaces and the media. We argue that if contemporary processes of mobilisation and their implications for citizenship are to be understood there is a need to expand and enrich debates about social movements from a diversity of literatures. Today's dynamics of public controversy, debates about risk, and the forms of mobilisation and 04 protest arising requires putting the politics of knowledge centre-stage in our attempts to recast democratic theory and notions of citizenship, especially in today's global context
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Misreading the African landscape : society and ecology in a forest-savanna mosaic
Alternative Names
Leach, Melissa

Leach, Melissa A.

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The lie of the land : challenging received wisdom on the African environmentRainforest relations : gender and resource use among the Mende of Gola, Sierra LeoneScience and citizens : globalization and the challenge of engagementScience, society and power : environmental knowledge and policy in West Africa and the CaribbeanReframing deforestation : global analyses and local realities ; studies in West AfricaDynamic sustainabilities : technology, environment, social justiceVaccine anxieties : global science, child health and societyEpidemics : science, governance, and social justice