Weather, Climate, Culture / Edition 1

Weather, Climate, Culture / Edition 1

by Sarah Strauss
     
 

ISBN-10: 1859736920

ISBN-13: 9781859736920

Pub. Date: 04/17/2004

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

Throughout history, the weather has been both feared and revered for its powerful influence over living creatures. Not only does it control our moods, activities, and fashions, but it has also played a crucial role in broader issues of cultural identity, concepts of time, and economic development. In fact, the weather has become so ingrained in our everyday

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Overview

Throughout history, the weather has been both feared and revered for its powerful influence over living creatures. Not only does it control our moods, activities, and fashions, but it has also played a crucial role in broader issues of cultural identity, concepts of time, and economic development. In fact, the weather has become so ingrained in our everyday routines that many of us forget just how profoundly this omnipotent force shapes culture. With the continuing rise in global warming and consequential change in weather patterns, our awareness and understanding of this topic has never been so important.

This fascinating book is the first to explore our close relationship with the weather. From folklore to visual representations, agricultural and health practices, and unusual weather events, Weather, Climate, Culture demonstrates that the way we discuss and interpret meteorological phenomena concerns not only the events in question but, more complexly, the cultural, political, and historical framework in which we discuss them. Why is it politically safe to discuss current weather conditions, but highly controversial to discuss long-term climate change? Why are the British renowned for talking about the weather and why, in the eighteenth century, was this regarded as genteel? How can accounts of cultural or moral change be associated with narratives of changing climate and vice-versa?

Drawing on a wide range of case studies from around the world, this pioneering book provides an original and lively perspective on a subject that continues to have an incalculable impact on the way we live. It will serve as a landmark text for years to come.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781859736920
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
04/17/2004
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.75(d)
Lexile:
1400L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
List of Figures
List of Tables
Notes on Contributors
1Up in the Air: The Anthropology of Weather and Climate3
2Time, Talk, and the Weather in Eighteenth-Century Britain17
3Weather Wise: Speaking Folklore to Science in Leukerbad39
4Chesapeake Bay Watermen, Weather, and Blue Crabs: Cultural Models and Fishery Policies61
5(En)Gendering the Weather: Rainmaking and Reproduction in Tanzania83
6Nice Weather for the Time of Year: The British Obsession with the Weather103
7How People Name Seasons121
8Monet's 'London Series' and the Cultural Climate of London at the Turn of the Twentieth Century141
9Changing Earth and Sky: Movement, Environmental Variability, and Responses to El Nino in the Pio-Tura Region of Papua New Guinea161
10Meteorological Meanings: Farmers' Interpretations of Seasonal Rainfall Forecasts in Burkina Faso181
11Climate Science and the Policy of Drought Mitigation in Ceara, Northeast Brazil203
12Climate and Culture in the North: The Interface of Archaeology, Paleoenvironmental Science, and Oral History217
13Testing Farmers' Perceptions of Climate Variability: A Case Study from the Sulphur Springs Valley, Arizona233
14Mood, Magic, and Metaphor: Allusions to Weather and Climate in the Sagas of Icelanders251
15Domesticating Nature: Commentary on the Anthropological Study of Weather and Climate Discourse277
Index291

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