SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION OF KARST AREAS BY FARMER HOUSEHOLDS IN INDONESIA
Karst areas have an important role in ecology. Therefore, protection efforts are needed so the karst area can still play a role in life. This study aims to determine the social construction of farmer households in the surrounding karst areas. The study was conducted in three villages in Tuban Regency with a qualitative approach. The social construction of farmer households towards karst areas can be mapped into three typologies, namely (1) Typology 1: karst areas as marginal land; (2) Typology 2: karst areas which have economic potential in mining; and (3) Typology 3: karst areas which have an important role in ecology. Each social construction typology has an impact in constructing a livelihood strategy that farmer households take. Conservation efforts should pay attention aspects of sustainability of the farmer households livelihood in surounding the karst areas.
Social Construction, Karst, Farmer Household