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.
|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|
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