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About this book
Located in a wide spectrum of current reseach and practice, from analyses of green ideology and imagery, enviromental law and policy, and local enviromental activism in the West to ethnographic studies of relationships between humans and their enviroments in hunter/gatherer societies, Enviromentalism: The View from Anthropology offers an original perspective on what is probably the best-known issue of the late twentieth century. Among the key issues discussed are the relationship between scientific knowledge and symbolism, the cultural construction of "hard" principles of law and policy, effects of state interests and bureaucracies on enviromental activism, the responses of indigenous peoples to industrial exploitation and their subsequent representation in enviromentalist discourse. The book also addresses current theoretical issues in anthropology relating to the globalisation of culture, the analytical value of dualism and the relationship between anthropology and advocacy. Enviromentalism: The View from Anthropology will be particularly useful to all social scientists interested in enviromentalism and human ecology, to environmental policy-makers and to undergraduat lecturers and researchers in social anthropology, development studies and sociology.
Preface Introduction: Enviromentalism and Anthropology Kay Milton 1. Enviromentalism: A new moral discourse for technological society? Robin Grove-White 2. Globes and Spheres: the topology of enviromentalism Tim Ingold 3. Between science and shamanism: the advocacy of enviromentalism in Toronto Peter Harries-Jones 4. Standing in for nature: the practicalitites of environmental organisations use of science Steven Yearly 5. All animals are equal but some are cetaceans: conversation and culture conflict Niels Einarsson 6. The making of an environmental doctrine: public trust and American shellfisherman Bonnie J.McCay 7. The precautionary principle: use with caution! Lynda M.Warren 8. Tribal metaphorization of man-nature relatedness: a comparitive analysis Nurit Bird-David 9. Rhetoric, Practice and incentive in the face of the changing times: a case study in Nuaulu attitudes to conservation and deforestation Roy Ellen 10. Natural symbols and natural history: Chimpanzees, elephants and experiments in Mende thought Paul Richards 11. Local awareness of the soil environment in Papua New Guinea Highlands Paul Sillitoe 12. Political decision-making: environmentalism, ethics and popular participation in Italy Giuliana B. Prato 13. Enviromental protest, bureaucratic closure: the politics of discourse in rural Ireland Adrian Peace 14. Eating green(s): discourses of organic food Allison James 15. The resurgence of romanticism: contemporary neopaganism, feminist spiritually and the divinity of nature Tanya M. Luhrmann