Dr. Grossman is an associate professor of geography at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia 24061.
SOIL CONSERVATION, POLITICAL ECOLOGY, AND TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE ON SAINT VINCENT*
Article first published online: 21 APR 2010
1997 American Geographical Society
Volume 87, Issue 3, pages 353–374, July 1997
How to Cite
GROSSMAN, L. S. (1997), SOIL CONSERVATION, POLITICAL ECOLOGY, AND TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE ON SAINT VINCENT. Geographical Review, 87: 353–374. doi: 10.1111/j.1931-0846.1997.tb00079.x
The National Science Foundation, Geography and Regional Science Program, and the National Geographic Society provided funding for this research.
- Issue published online: 21 APR 2010
- Article first published online: 21 APR 2010
- political ecology;
- Saint Vincent;
- soil conservation
ABSTRACT. A political-ecological perspective is used to analyze soil erosion, conservation, and the peasantry on Saint Vincent in the Eastern Caribbean. Peasants farm areas most susceptible to erosion because of the historical development of property relationships. A soil-conservation effort begun in the late 1930s was part of a broader, British Empire-wide program. Local political-economic conditions and the environmental and technical characteristics of the cropping systems influenced the nature of soil conservation on Saint Vincent. Official colonial discourse about erosion reflected a complex mixture of blaming peasants and recognizing their political-economic constraints.