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The Blind Spot in the Green Revolution: Temples, Terraces, and Rice Farmers of Bali

dc.contributor.authorWei, Cynthia
dc.contributor.authorBurnside, William
dc.contributor.authorChe-Castaldo, Judy
dc.descriptionThis is a teaching case study based on the anthropological research of Dr. Steven Lansing, and part of the SESYNC collection of socio-environmental case studies (
dc.description.abstractThis case explores the complex interactions in a socio-environmental system, the Balinese wet rice cultivation system. Using a combination of the interrupted case and directed case methods, students are presented with an issue that arose during the implementation of Green Revolution agricultural policies in Bali: rice farmers were required to plant new high yield rice varieties continuously rather than following the coordinated cropping schedules set up by water temple priests. Students examine qualitative and quantitative data from classic anthropological research by Dr. Steven Lansing to learn about the important role that water temples play in achieving sustainable rice cultivation in Bali. Using a model that synthesizes ecological, hydrological, and ethnographic data, Lansing and his colleague, Dr. James Kremer, were able to demonstrate that temple priests determine the cropping schedules for farmers in a way that reduces pest growth and helps to manage limited water resources, maximizing rice yields. This four-part case can be used for a wide range of courses in a few class periods (total class time approximately 4.5-5 hrs.)en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThis work was supported by the University of Maryland and NSF Award # DBI-1052875 to the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC)en_US
dc.subjectcase study teaching, socio-environmental synthesis, socio-environmental system, rice cultivationen_US
dc.titleThe Blind Spot in the Green Revolution: Temples, Terraces, and Rice Farmers of Balien_US
dc.typeLearning Objecten_US
dc.relation.isAvailableAtSESYNC - National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center
dc.relation.isAvailableAtDigital Repository at the University of Maryland
dc.relation.isAvailableAtUniversity of Maryland (College Park, MD)

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