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Agricultural Knowledge and Knowledge Systems in Post-Soviet Societies


Edited By Anna-Katharina Hornidge, Anastasiya Shtaltovna and Conrad Schetter

This volume addresses the crucial role of knowledge and innovation in coping with and adapting to socio-economic and political transformation processes in post-Soviet societies. Unique are the bottom up or micro-sociological and ethnographic perspectives offered by the book on the processes of post-Soviet transformations in Central Asia and the Southern Caucasus. Three thematic fields form the structuring frame: cultures of knowledge production and sharing in agriculture; local governance arrangements and knowledge production; and finally, the present situation of agricultural advisory services development.
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ANNA-KATHARINA HORNIDGE is Professor of Social Sciences and Head of the Research Group ‘Development and Knowledge Sociology’ at the Leibniz-Center for Tropical Marine Ecology and the University of Bremen. She specializes on environmental epistemologies, cultures of knowledge production and sharing, as well as developmentoriented innovation creation and diffusion processes in Central and Southeast Asia. ANASTASIYA SHTALTOVNA is Visiting scholar at Center for International Studies (CÉRIUM), University of Montreal & Associate Researcher at Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, Germany. Her work and research interests lie in post-socialist transformations, knowledge and innovation, rural development, and comparative studies. Dr. Shtaltovna has conducted an extended fieldwork in Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Georgia, Kazakhstan and Ukraine. CONRAD SCHETTER is Professor for Conflict and Peace Studies at the University of Bonn and Director for Research at the Bonn International Center for Conversion. He carried out several research projects in Central Asia and South Asia during the last decade. His specific interest lies in local politics and local governance as well as in conflicts about natural resources.

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