Examining rangeland social-ecological system change and resilience through life-history narratives of ranching women in New Mexico and Arizona
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Women ranchers are important but under-examined stakeholders in the rangeland systems of the Southwestern United States. This thesis addresses a gap in the social-ecological systems and rangeland science literatures as to how these stakeholders experience change and resilience in ranching. Rangeland researchers are increasingly interested in understanding rangelands as integrated social-ecological systems and in investigating the roles of humans as both drivers and subjects of ecological change. To address these needs, I carried out life-history interviews with 19 ranching women in the ...