Empirical in character, this book analyses the society-nature
interaction of the Tsimane', a rural indigenous community in the
Bolivian Amazon. Following a common methodological framework, the
material and energy flow (MEFA) approach, it gives a detailed
account of the biophysical exchange relations the community
entertains with its natural environment: the socio-economic use of
energy, materials, land and time. Equally so, the book provides a
deeper insight into the local base of sociometabolic transition
processes and their inherent dynamics of change. The local
community described in this publication stands for the many
thousands of rural systems in developing countries that, in light
of an ever more globalising world, are currently steering a similar
- but maybe differently-paced - development course. This book
presents insightful methodological and conceptual advances in the
field of sustainability science and provides a vital reader for
students and researchers of human ecology, ecological anthropology,
and environmental sociology. It equally contributes to improving
professional development work methods.
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