This book presents nine case studies which illustrate an approach to the interface between human ecology, political economy, and adaptive decision making, demonstrating the power of analyzing socionatural regions from a human systems ecology perspective.
1. Introduction 2. Ecology, Irrigation, and the State in the Tehuacan Valley 3. The Struggle for Autonomy: Irrigation and Power in Highland Peru 4. Market Places, Market Channels, Market Strategies: Levels for Analysis of a Regional System 5. The Context of the Cotton/Cereal Equation in Burkina Faso 6. The Ecology of Farm Management in a Swampland Region of Indonesia 7. Local Production, Regional Articulations, and the Small Farmer in Swaziland 8. The National and Regional Context of Local Level Agricultural Strategies: The Case of Small Holders in Northeastern Iran 9. Horizontal and Vertical Linkages in Highland Antioquia, Colombia: The Architecture of the Landscape 10. The Political Economy of Agricultural Growth and Rural Transformation in Honduras and Mexico