Cultural Analysis and the Navigation of Complexity

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The complexities involved in social dilemmas and ecological troubles today challenge scientists to conduct analyses of cultural phenomena that push the boundaries of disciplines and blur the line between theory and practice. Problems are not so much to be solved as they are to be explained, predicted, and navigated. Luther P. Gerlach, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota, has exercised immense influence on social science, policy, and practice to accomplish these challenges. Professor Gerlach is highly regarded within and beyond anthropology for two areas of outstanding research: groundbreaking work on social movements and pioneering studies of local-global environmental conflict, i.e. the conflict between local social, political, and economic control versus global ecological and economic interdependence. This volume's Preface traces Professor Gerlach's intellectual biography and the peer-reviewed chapters indicate the far-reaching impact he and his research continue to have on academic and applied science. Topics cover theories and methods as well as timely case studies in: · Global climate policy · Language and social movements · Environmental and ecosystem management · Public debate, environmental justice, and risk construction · Complexity theory and organizations · Cultural expression and archaic hunting methods · Energy use · Political economy and witch-killings · Public health.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761836827
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 5/3/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 202
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Kaye Brandt, Ph.D., is Research Affiliate in the Department of Sociology-Anthropology at North Dakota State University, Fargo. In addition to interdisciplinary academic projects ranging from ecosystem management to virtual reality in education, she works as a consultant with tribes, businesses, and grassroots organizations.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Preface Part 2 Introduction Part 3 Theories and Models Chapter 4 Creating a Climate for Change: The Influence of Luther Gerlach on the Development of Critical Thinking about Climate Policy Chapter 5 Movements of Social Transformation Actually are Just Languages By Another Name: Toward a Functional Analysis of Social Movement Language Chapter 6 Manipulation of Public Environmental Discourse: Issue Expansion and Contraction Chapter 7 An Application of Complexity Theory to Globalization Issues Chapter 8 Examining Constraints and Feedback as System Regulators in a Combined Ecological and Cultural System Model Part 9 Case Studies and Issues Chapter 10 "What's Old is New Again": Cultural Change in Hunting and Fishing in Missouri and Arkansas Chapter 11 Implementing Ecosystem Management: Perspectives of Innovative Naturla Resource Managers Chapter 12 "Livin' Large: Three Decades of Energy Consumption in Sweden and America" Chapter 13 "Vulnerable Lives: Witch-Killing and the Tragedy of Ageing in Sukumaland, Tanzania Chapter 14 The Worldwide Pandemic of Overweight-Obesity: Anthopological Approaches and Frameworks Part 15 Appendix A Part 16 Index Part 17 About the Contributors

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