Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Harvesting peace: Permaculture as peacebuilding
by Felix-Romero, Jessica, Ph.D., George Mason University, 2010, 262; 3406560
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation is a qualitative case study of permaculture, a sustainable agriculture model based on bio-mimicry, in postconflict El Salvador. The case study is intended to be both descriptive and theory-building by providing empirically grounded insights into permaculture as a peacebuilding tool. A grounded theory investigation into permaculture practitioners’ experiences revealed that permaculture is a holistic peacebuilding model that addresses war-induced environmental damage and postconflict structural violence. Permaculture impacts multiple dimensions of practitioners’ lives, functions as sustainable livelihood education, contributes to the eco-localization of economies, and builds community between individuals while also creating a relationship of agency between natural environments and permaculture practitioners.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Nan, Susan Allen
School: George Mason University
School Location: United States -- Virginia
Source: DAI-A 71/05, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Peace Studies, Environmental Justice, Sustainability
Keywords: Conflict resolution, El Salvador, Environmental restoration, Peacebuilding, Permaculture, Postconflict reconstruction
Publication Number: 3406560
ISBN: 978-1-109-73601-4
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