Farmlands, or agricultural landscapes, captures the interest of a number of researchers based at the Department of Human Geography, Stockholm University. On this blog we share information about research findings, activities, events and comments related to our work.

Our interest in farmlands has three roots: farming, landscape and society.
Farming as a practice, including farmers knowledge and labour investments
Landscape as society-nature relations, congealed history, and as space and place
Society as a short form for institutions, gender relations, political economy and scientific relevance

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Participatory Checking and the Temporality of Landscapes

New publication
Participatory Checking and the Temporality of Landscapes: Increasing Trust and Relevance in Qualitative Research
Camilla Årlin, Lowe Börjeson, and Wilhelm Östberg

The Oxford Handbook of Historical Ecology and Applied Archaeology (Forthcoming)

Edited by Christian Isendahl and Daryl Stump

Online Publication Date: Nov 2015

DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199672691.013.19

Abstract and Keywords
Developmental narratives are commonly constructed through statements on directions and drivers of ongoing change. In the process, however, heterogeneous realities and historical trajectories become manicured and truncated due to temporal short-sightedness, misinformation, and the creation of clear-cut categorizations. Based on historical, geographical, and anthropological research on landscape change in East Africa from the nineteenth century to the present, this chapter examines how different types of historical data sources (maps, photographs, remote sensing data, written and oral accounts, as well as the landscape itself) can be used to both interrogate and improve the rigour of narratives that frame concerns for development and conservation. We describe methods of interaction with members of the researched communities over these various data bodies, and summarize this process as ‘participatory checking’. While the focus of this chapter is on landscape change the participatory research methods described are equally relevant to other topics and disciplines.
Keywords: Landscape change, participatory checking, member checking, participatory research methods, historical data, Tanzania


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