Understanding foraging as a basic economic strategy
Defined as the practice of collecting, scavenging or gleaning, foraging is a global phenomenon of our times. However, it has received scant attention in mainstream debates on conservation and development. What is missing is a conceptual understanding of foraging as a basic economic strategy and a form of socio-environmental entanglement. The EU-funded FORAGING project aims to take on this task and develop a political ecology perspective of foraging in the Anthropocene. In an era when the dream of a middle-class life based on a stable, salaried job no longer seems viable, and in places where the welfare state is under pressure, has never existed or has vanished, foraging is often the only avenue to upward social mobility.
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