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Environmental Anthropology: A Historical Reader

Edited By: Michael R Dove and Carol Carpenter

480 pages, Figs


Paperback | Dec 2007 | #164565 | ISBN-13: 9781405111379
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Environmental Anthropology: A Reader is a collection of historically significant readings, dating from early in the twentieth century up to the present, on the cross-cultural study of relations between people and their environment.

&i;"This volume is the foundational volume on environmental anthropology I wish I had put under my belt a decade ago. Selected with scrupulous care and introduced with illuminating commentary, this collection is Indispensable both for its intellectual depth and breadth."&o;
- James C. Scott, Yale University.

&i;"This reader is exactly what professors like me have long dreamed of, but never had, in teaching environmental anthropology. Dove and Carpenter, two of the field's most distinguished scholars, have assembled and integrated the perfect collection of classic and recent essays on humans and the environment. They successfully develop the key historic themes of the field which are then fleshed out through a careful selection of theoretical debates and ethnographic cases written by some of the best anthropological minds of the past and present."&o;
- Robert E. Rhoades, University of Georgia.


List of Figures Editor's Biographical Information Preface Acknowledgments Text Credits Introduction: Major Historical Currents in Environmental Anthropology: Michael R. Dove and Carol Carpenter Part I: The Nature-Culture Dichotomy: Questioning the Nature-Culture Dichotomy: From Posey's Indigenous Knowledge to Fairhead and Leach's Politics of Knowledge 1. Indigenous Management of Tropical Forest Ecosystems: The Case of the Kayapo Indians of the Brazilian Amazon: Darrell Posey 2. False Forest History, Complicit Social Analysis: Rethinking Some West African Environmental Narratives: James Fairhead and Melissa Leach How Cattle Problematize the Nature-Culture Divide: From Evans-Pritchard's "Cattle Complex" to Harris' "Sacred Cows" and Beyond 3. Interest in Cattle: E. E. Evans-Pritchard 4. The Cultural Ecology of India's Sacred Cattle: Marvin Harris Part II: Ecology And Social Organization: Early Essays on Social Organization and Ecology: Mauss and Steward 5. Seasonal Variations of the Eskimo: A Study in Social Morphology: Marcel Mauss 6. The Great Basin Shoshonean Indians: An Example of a Family Level of Sociocultural Integration: Julian H. Steward Beyond Steward: "Ecosystems with Human Beings in Them" in Barth and Geertz 7. Ecologic Relationships of Ethnic Groups in Swat, North Pakistan: Fredrik Barth 8. The Wet and the Dry: Traditional Irrigation in Bali and Morocco: Clifford Geertz "Natural" Disasters and Social Order: Response and Revelation in Firth and Waddell 9. Critical Pressures on Food Supply and Their Economic Effects: Raymond Firth 10. How the Enga Cope with Frost: Responses to Climatic Perturbations in the Central Highlands of New Guinea: Eric Waddell Part III: Methodological Challenges And Debates: Ethnoecology and the Defense of Swidden Agriculture: Conklin and Carneiro 11. An Ethnoecological Approach to Shifting Agriculture: Harold Conklin 12. Slash-and-Burn Agriculture: A Closer Look at Its Implications for Settlement Patterns: Robert L. Carneiro Natural Science Models of Resource-Use: From Rappaport's Cybernetics to the Optimal Foraging of Hawkes, Hill, and O'Connell 13. Ritual Regulation of Environmental Relations Among a New Guinea People: Roy A. Rappaport 14. Why Hunters Gather: Optimal Foraging and the Ache of Eastern Paraguay: Kristen Hawkes, Kim Hill and James F. O'Connell The Bounded and Balanced Community: Solway and Lee, and Netting 15. Foragers, Genuine or Spurious?: Situating the Kalahari San in History: Jacqueline S. Solway and Richard B. Lee 16. Links and Boundaries: Reconsidering the Alpine Village as Ecosystem: Robert McC. Netting Part IV: The Politics of Natural Resources and the Environment: Indigeneity and Natural Resource Politics: Ellen and Li 17. Forest Knowledge, Forest Transformation: Political Contingency, Historical Ecology and the Renegotiation of Nature in Central Seram: Roy Ellen 18. Articulating Indigenous Identity in Indonesia: Resource Politics and the Tribal Slot: Tania M. Li Environmental Campaigns and Collaborations: Brosius and Tsing 19. Green Dots, Pink Hearts: Displacing Politics from the Malaysian Rain Forest: J. Peter Brosius 20. Becoming a Tribal Elder, and Other Green Development Fantasies: Anna L. TsingPart V: Knowing the Environment:Social Identity and Perception of the Landscape: Frake and Bloch 21. People into Places: Zafimaniry Concepts of Clarity: Maurice Bloch 22. Pleasant Places, Past Times, and Sheltered Identity in Rural East Anglia: Charles O. Frake The Limits of Knowledge and Its Implications for Understanding Environmental Relations: Bateson and Ingold 23. Effects of Conscious Purpose on Human Adaptation: Gregory Bateson 24. Globes and Spheres: The Topology of Environmentalism: Tim Ingold Subject Index Index of Names

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Michael R. Dove is Margaret K. Musser Professor of Social Ecology, Professor of Anthropology, Curator of Anthropology at the Peabody Museum, and Coordinator of the joint doctoral program in anthropology and environmental studies, Yale University. He is the author of numerous books and papers on the anthropology of conservation and development. His most recent book is Conserving Nature in Culture: Case Studies from Southeast Asia (co-edited with P. Sajise and A. Doolittle, 2005). Carol Carpenter is Senior Lecturer in Social Ecology and Anthropology, Yale University. Her teaching and research focus on theories of social ecology; social aspects of sustainable development and conservation; and gender in agrarian and ecological systems.

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