Resources are not everything, and what is a household? A critique of common approaches to analyzing livelihoods

Journal article
(Original article)


Publication Details

Author(s): Geiselhart K
Journal: African Geographical Review
Publisher: African Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers
Publication year: 2016
ISSN: 1937-6812


Abstract


Studies on livelihoods have frequently focused on the household, surveying the

assets available to households as the means of their subsistence. However, such studies

make two assumptions which must be critically questioned: first, that those people

who live in a house by nature are interested in developing a collaborative

economic unit with their cohabitees; and second, that all the resources available to

the household are in fact made use of. Neither of these assumptions can be taken as

indisputably given. The economic cooperation of individuals is strongly shaped by

cultural values, although these values often dissolve in the face of growing individualism.

Further factors of societal transformation make traditional economic activities

appear unprofitable or unattractive, with no successfully proven alternatives having

been handed down. Individuals react in varying ways to the factors that influence

these transformations. A wide range of attitudes to life has emerged, which often lead

to the disintegration of traditional household structures. Most geographical research

in many sub-Saharan African livelihoods contexts has yet to take these transformations

into account.



FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Geiselhart, Klaus Dr.
Institut für Geographie


How to cite

APA:
Geiselhart, K. (2016). Resources are not everything, and what is a household? A critique of common approaches to analyzing livelihoods. African Geographical Review. https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19376812.2016.1235501

MLA:
Geiselhart, Klaus. "Resources are not everything, and what is a household? A critique of common approaches to analyzing livelihoods." African Geographical Review (2016).

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