All Shops

Go to British Wildlife

6 issues per year 84 pages per issue Subscription only

British Wildlife is the leading natural history magazine in the UK, providing essential reading for both enthusiast and professional naturalists and wildlife conservationists. Published six times a year, British Wildlife bridges the gap between popular writing and scientific literature through a combination of long-form articles, regular columns and reports, book reviews and letters.

Subscriptions from £25 per year

Conservation Land Management

4 issues per year 44 pages per issue Subscription only

Conservation Land Management (CLM) is a quarterly magazine that is widely regarded as essential reading for all who are involved in land management for nature conservation, across the British Isles. CLM includes long-form articles, events listings, publication reviews, new product information and updates, reports of conferences and letters.

Subscriptions from £18 per year
Academic & Professional Books  Natural History  Regional Natural History  Natural History of the Americas

Amazonia in the Anthropocene People, Soils, Plants, Forests

By: Nicholas C Kawa(Author)
180 pages, 15 b/w photos, 1 map
Amazonia in the Anthropocene
Click to have a closer look
Select version
  • Amazonia in the Anthropocene ISBN: 9781477308448 Paperback May 2016 Usually dispatched within 5 days
    £18.99
    #226634
  • Amazonia in the Anthropocene ISBN: 9781477307991 Hardback May 2016 Usually dispatched within 5 days
    £57.99
    #226635
Selected version: £18.99
About this book Contents Customer reviews Biography Related titles

About this book

Widespread human alteration of the planet has led many scholars to claim that we have entered a new epoch in geological time: the Anthropocene, an age dominated by humanity. This ethnography is the first to directly engage the Anthropocene, tackling its problems and paradoxes from the vantage point of the world's largest tropical rainforest.

Drawing from extensive ethnographic research, Nicholas Kawa examines how pre-Columbian Amerindians and contemporary rural Amazonians have shaped their environment, describing in vivid detail their use and management of the region's soils, plants, and forests. At the same time, he highlights the ways in which the Amazonian environment resists human manipulation and control – a vital reminder in this time of perceived human dominance. Written in engaging, accessible prose, Amazonia in the Anthropocene offers an innovative contribution to debates about humanity's place on the planet, encouraging deeper ecocentric thinking and a more inclusive vision of ecology for the future.

Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments

1. Amazonia in the Anthropocene
2. People
3. Soils
4. Plants
5. Forests
6. From the Anthropocene to the Ecozoic?

Appendix: Useful Botanical Species Surveyed in Borba, Amazonas, Brazil
Notes
References
Index

Customer Reviews

Biography

Nicholas C. Kawa is an assistant professor of anthropology at Ball State University, where he researches human relationships to the environment.

By: Nicholas C Kawa(Author)
180 pages, 15 b/w photos, 1 map
Media reviews

"A provocative read. Densely packed, this richly constructed, engaging ethnography explores biodiversity, human adaptation, risk, vulnerability, and resilience in the immensely complex and rapidly changing realm that is the Amazon. Writing in an effective, reflexive style, Nicholas Kawa offers the reader a nuanced, deeply supported, and multifaceted view of Amazonian life in times that are truly momentous. This is, simply, an insightful, beautiful gem of a book."
– Barbara Rose Johnston, Center for Political Ecology Senior Research Fellow and principal author of Who Pays the Price?: The Sociocultural Context of Environmental Crisis

"I didn't realize such a recent coinage as 'anthropocene' is already in desperate need of revision. Kawa provides that in his intriguing account of soils, forests, and rivers. These stories sparkle with analytic insight and unfold through vivid ethnographic details that cumulatively challenge the centrality of the West in the narrative of how the world is changing. This book will change our thinking about the planet."
– John Hartigan, University of Texas at Austin, author of Aesop's Anthropology: A Multispecies Approach

Current promotions
Best of Winter 2018Harper CollinsOrder your free copy of our 2018 equipment catalogueBritish Wildlife