Resources and Opportunity

The Architecture of Livelihoods in Rural Kenya

By Edward Ontita

Resources and Opportunity

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  • ISBN: 9781620328965
  • Pages: 364
  • Publication Date: 1/9/2013
  • Retail Price: $42.00
Web Price: $33.60
Web Price: $33.60

Resources and Opportunity

The Architecture of Livelihoods in Rural Kenya

By Edward Ontita

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781620328965
  • Pages: 364
  • Publication Date: 1/9/2013
  • Retail Price: $42.00
Web Price: $33.60

About-

Poor people in most rural areas of developing countries often improvise resources in unique ways to enable them make a living. Resources & Opportunity takes the view that resources are dynamic and fluid, arguing that villagers co-produce them through redefinition and renaming in everyday practice, and use them in diverse ways. The book focuses inter alia on ordinary social activities to bring out people's creativity in locating, redesigning and embracing livelihood opportunities in processes anchored in social relationships that span local, national, regional and international borders. The book uniquely brings out the respective tensions between agency and structure, locality and globality in livelihood construction in rural Kenya.

Endorsements & Reviews-

Resources & Opportunity is a bold and analytical account of rural life showing in vivid details how the poor struggle to re-engineer social relations in order to co-produce resources and deploy them in making a living. It shows that rural people fruitfully face up to corruption, commercialisation, competition, marginalisation and state penetration, to remain 'afloat' and sane in unfavourable conditions. The empirical nature of the work makes it interesting and useful for students, scholars and policy makers.
Oti Eyetsemitan, PhD, Social Scientist at the Federal College of Education, Lagos, Nigeria

This is a remarkable book that utilises everyday happenings to tell a persuasive story on how the poor re-arrange their social and physical landscapes to create resources and opportunity for constructing livelihoods. It is written by the author both from an insider and outsider
perspective. It is compulsory reading for mission and development practitioners, scholars and policy-makers working in Africa and elsewhere.
Damon So, PhD, Research Tutor, Oxford Centre for Mission Studies, Oxford, UK

Contributors-

Edward Ontita

Bio(s)-

Edward Ontita holds a PhD in Development Sociology from Wageningen University and Research
Centre, The Netherlands, and is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Sociology & Social Work, University of Nairobi, Kenya. He is an M&E Expert with CRESS-Africa Consulting, which focuses on
development management research and training in Eastern Africa. In 2011, he was a Visiting Research
Scholar at Oxford Centre for Mission Studies (OCMS), Oxford, UK.

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