James R. Veteto, University of North Texas
“In this powerful and engaging book, Gene Anderson, one of the most widely read and experienced human ecologists/anthropologists working today, shows us the power and significance of basic attitudes such as this toward environmental sustainability vs. collapse. Having first-hand experience in cultures and societies in several world areas, his comparisons can be and are wide-ranging, and often dispel myths as to how past and contemporary societies have and still are managing their worldswith some obvious lessons. A highly motivating 'must read' for those who care about today’s environmental crises.”
Catherine S. Fowler, Foundation Professor Emerita, University of Nevada, Reno
"This is an awesome distillation and synthesis of decades of teaching and research by a most prominent ecological anthropologist. Anderson (emer., University of California, Riverside) grounds the book in his fieldwork in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Central America, California, and the Northwest Coast. Firsthand information is integrated with material from an extensive literature. ... Anderson's primary thesis is that beliefs and emotions, as well as knowledge and reason, can be critical in traditional land and resource management, often motivating and facilitating sustainability and conservation, although not always. Nature has intrinsic value, and people tend to be fascinated with its beauty, which may be reflected in their arts. Valuing simplicity, efficiency, diversity, and solidarity are keys to sustainability. The rich abundance of sound knowledge and deep wisdon here should be read as widely as possible. Summing Up: Essential."
L.E. Sponsel, emeritus, University of Hawai'i
“While similar works within the genre of ethnobiology and traditional landscape management often focus on a specific region, Caring for Place is unique in its breadth. … We have a monumental task ahead of us, and Caring for Place is a valuable signpost on the road to its accomplishment.”
Sarah Townshend, Environment and Society