The Environment in Anthropology: A Reader in Ecology, Culture, and Sustainable Living

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The Environment in Anthropology presents ecology and current environmental studies from an anthropological point of view. From the classics to the most current scholarship, this book connects the theory and practice in environment and anthropology, giving readers a strong intellectual foundation as well as offering practical tools for solving environmental problems.

Haenn and Wilk pose the most urgent questions of environmental protection: How are environmental problems mediated...

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Overview

The Environment in Anthropology presents ecology and current environmental studies from an anthropological point of view. From the classics to the most current scholarship, this book connects the theory and practice in environment and anthropology, giving readers a strong intellectual foundation as well as offering practical tools for solving environmental problems.

Haenn and Wilk pose the most urgent questions of environmental protection: How are environmental problems mediated by cultural values? What are the environmental effects of urbanization? When do environmentalists get in conflict with indigenous peoples? How can we assess the impact of “environmentally correct” businesses such as the Body Shop? They also cover the fundamental topics of population growth, large scale development, biodiversity conservation, sustainable environmental management, indigenous groups, consumption, and globalization.

Balancing landmark essays with cutting-edge scholarship, bridging theory and practice, and offering suggestions for further reading and new directions for research, The Environment in Anthropology is the ideal introduction to a burgeoning field.

Contributors include: J. Peter Brosius, Billie DeWalt, Arturo Escobar, Akhil Gupta, Caren Kaplan, Conrad Kottak, David Maybury-Lewis, B.J. McCay, Kay Milton, Virginia Nazarea, Robert Netting, Vandana Shiva, Julian Steward, and Susan C. Stonich.

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“[A] solid demonstration of the contributions of anthropology to understanding and developing solutions to environmental problems.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814736364
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2005
  • Pages: 493
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 10.00 (d)

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Nora Haenn is assistant professor of anthropology at Arizona State University. She is author of Fields of Power, Forests of Discontent: Culture, Conservation, and the State in Mexico.

Richard Wilk is professor of anthropology and gender studies at Indiana University and the author of Economics and Cultures: Foundations of Economic Anthropology.

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Table of Contents

1 The concept and method of cultural ecology 5
2 Smallholders, householders 10
3 Ecosystem ecology in biology and anthropology 15
4 Gender and the environment : a feminist political ecology perspective 27
5 A view from a point : ethnoecology as situated knowledge 34
6 The new ecological anthropology 40
7 Normative behavior 53
8 Some perspectives and implications 75
9 Beyond Malthus : sixteen dimensions of the population problem 80
10 Reproductive mishaps and Western contraception : an African challenge to fertility theory 87
11 Gender, population, environment 113
12 The environment as geopolitical threat : reading Robert Kaplan's "Coming anarchy" 118
13 Energy and tools 139
14 The growth of world urbanism 145
15 The anti-politics machine : "development" and bureaucratic power in Lesotho 163
16 Income levels and the environment 173
17 Staying alive : women, ecology, and development 183
18 Measuring up to sustainability 191
19 The third stage of ecological anthropology : processual approaches 205
20 Conflicts over development and environmental values : the international ivory trade in Zimbabwe's historical context 215
21 The power of environmental knowledge : ethnoecology and environmental conflicts in Mexican conservation 226
22 Holding ground 237
23 Does biodiversity exist? 243
24 Road kill in Cameroon 246
25 On environmentality : geo-power and eco-knowledge in the discourses of contemporary environmentalism 257
26 Radical ecology and conservation science : an Australian perspective 270
27 The political ecology of deforestation in Honduras 284
28 Peasants and global environmentalism 302
29 New world, new deal : a democratic approach to globalization 325
30 Individualism, holism, and environmental ethics 336
31 Cultural theory and environmentalism 351
32 The benefits of the commons 355
33 Indigenous initiatives and petroleum politics in the Ecuadorian Amazon 361
34 Endangered forest, endangered people : environmentalist representations of indigenous knowledge 367
35 Tribal whaling poses new threat 386
36 On the importance of being tribal : tribal wisdom 390
37 How do we know we have global environmental problems? : science and the globalization of environmental discourse 407
38 The ecology of global consumer culture 418
39 A world without boundaries : The Body Shop's trans/national geographics 430
40 The invisible giant : Cargill and its transnational strategies 443
41 Treading lightly? : ecotourism's impact on the environment 449
42 Voluntary simplicity and the new global challenge 458
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