Agroecology: A Transdisciplinary, Participatory and Action-oriented Approach

V. Ernesto Méndez, Christopher M. Bacon, Roseann Cohen, Stephen R. Gliessman

December 2, 2015 by CRC Press
Reference - 268 Pages - 9 Color & 35 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781482241761 - CAT# K23360
Series: Advances in Agroecology

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Features

  • Focuses on agroecology as a transdisciplinary, participatory, and action-oriented approach
  • Presents explicitly and critically the notion of different agroecological perspectives or "agroecologies" for the first time
  • Draws on contributions by pioneers in the subject along with the latest generation of acknowledged leaders
  • Introduces novel concepts and discusses the key issues surrounding the "scaling out" of agroecology
  • Uses case studies from diverse geographic regions, including Mesoamerica, Europe, and the United States

Summary

Agroecology: A Transdisciplinary, Participatory and Action-oriented Approach is the first book to focus on agroecology as a transdisciplinary, participatory, and action-oriented process. Using a combined theoretical and practical approach, this collection of work from pioneers in the subject along with the latest generation of acknowledged leaders engages social actors on different geo-political scales to transform the global agrifood system.

The book is divided into two sections, with the first providing conceptual bases and the second presenting case studies. It describes concepts and applications of transdisciplinary research and participatory action research (PAR). Transdisciplinary research integrates different academic disciplines as well as diverse forms of knowledge, including experiential, cultural, and spiritual. Participatory action research presents a way of engaging all relevant actors in an effort to create an equitable process of research, reflection, and activity to make desired changes. Six case studies show how practitioners have grappled with applying this integration in agroecological work within different geographic and socio-ecological contexts.

An explicit and critical discussion of diverse perspectives in the growing field of agroecology, this book covers the conceptual and empirical material of an agroecological approach that aspires to be more transdisciplinary, participatory, and action-oriented. In addition to illustrating systems of agroecology that will improve food systems around the world, it lays the groundwork for further innovations to create better sustainability for all people, ecologies, and landscapes.