Indiscipline as a Requirement of the Field

SCIENCES - Ecosystems and Environment


Edited by

Patrick Giraudoux, University Burgundy Franche-Comté, France

ISBN : 9781789450521

Publication Date : June 2022

Hardcover 332 pp

165.00 USD



The idea of socioecosystems answers the growing need to understand, in the context of the Anthropocene, how adaptive processes interact, and how that interplay results in the co-evolution of living beings. Studying socioecosystems means taking into account the diversity of temporal and physical scales in order to grasp how ecological, social and economic forces are interwoven. Based on these drivers, the complex dynamics that determine the habitability of the Earth emerge.

This book analyzes, through concrete cases from regional socioecosystems on several continents, how research action has provided answers to problems related to agriculture, health and the conservation of biodiversity. It demonstrates that these undertakings could not have succeeded without the combined efforts of the communities of living beings and objects, the community of knowledge and the communities of action. These examples are accompanied by a reflection on the conditions that make it possible to bring this research to completion.


1. Agricultural Changes and Population Outbreaks of Grassland Voles, Patrick Giraudoux.
2. The Pollution of a River: A Sociological Investigation of Knowledge and Expertise, Simon Calla.
3. Farm Environment, Raw Milk and Immunity: A “Field” Study of Tolerance Learning, Dominique Angèle Vuitton, Jean-Jacques, Laplante and Amandine Divaret-Chauveau.
4. Ecology of Echinococcus multilocularis Transmission, Patrick Giraudoux, Dominique Angèle Vuitton and Philip Simon Craig.
5. “Indigenous” Views of the Disease and Risks Associated with Alveolar Echinococcosis, Dominique Jacques-Jpuvenot.
6. Conservation of the Black-and-White Snub-nosed Monkey, Eve Afonso, Cécile Callou, Céline Clauzel, Patrick Giraudoux and Li Li.
7. Cholera in Africa, from fatalism to the hope of elimination: the story of the revolt against a status quo, Didier Bompangue.

About the authors/editors

Patrick Giraudoux is Emeritus Professor of Ecology at the University Burgundy Franche-Comté, Besançon, France, and Distinguished Professor at the Yunnan University of Finance and Economics in China. He has founded and directed several research units, multidisciplinary research master’s programs and the Zone atelier Arc Jurassien, a long-term socioecosystem research site of the CNRS.