Birtel 3/2007

Sociologie Românească, Vol. V, no. 3/2007, pp. 103-111.

 


 

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The Sustainable Livelihood Approach as a tool for the analysis of local living conditions in the villages bordering the Piatra Craiului Mountains

The Sustainable Livelihood Approach as a tool for the analysis of local living conditions in the villages bordering the Piatra Craiului Mountains


Martin Birtel

 

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Abstract: Within the framework of the Sustainable Livelihood Approach the author investigates in a case-study (based on an analysis of the macrostructural changes in Romania) how settlements bordering the Piatra Craiului Mountains in Romania are structured. In the villages of the area, the situation is quite diverse: while some villages have a booming rural tourism, others have high unemployment problems because of a restructuring of industries. In remote mountain-villages traditional lifestyles along with natural-resource-based livelihoods can be found. With this the author demonstrates that the Sustainable Livelihood Approach is adequate and fruitful when analyzing individual household structures not only in developing countries but also in a European context.