Economies and the Transformation of Landscape

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The theme of this volume is change, specifically the dynamic relationship between physical landscapes and economic practices. The contributors to Economies and the Transformation of Landscape consider the relationship between the environment and human activity--from different perspectives and with regard to varied timescales--to arrive at various understandings of economical-ecological transformations and what they can reveal about human culture. While each chapter stands on its own, offering detailed insights into particular cases, the volume as a whole challenges us to think broadly, and reflexively, about how human action affects the environment and changes to the environment affect human action.
 

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Contents

Introduction Economies and the Transformation of Landscapes
1
ENGINEERED LANDSCAPES IN HISTORICAL FRAMES
17
The Engineered Landscapes of Irrigation
19
Reading History in an Irrigated Landscape The Drama of the Commons in the Andes
47
Household Labor and Landscape Transformation in Ancient Mixteca Alta Oaxaca Mexico
77
Mining and Ranching on the Landscape of Southwestern New Mexico 18502005
103
TRANSFORMATIONS POLITICAL STRATEGIES AND DECISION MAKING
125
From Foraging to Farming The Emergence of Exclusive Property Rights in Kentucky Prehistory
127
Coffee Abolition and Immigration Driving Forces in NineteenthCentury Brazilian Landscape Transformation
193
POLITICAL ECONOMY AND INSTITUTIONAL INTERACTIONS
215
Unsettled Landscapes Settlement Patterns and the Development of Social Inequality in Northern Iceland
217
The Decentralized Landscape Regional Wealth and the Expansion of Production in Northern Tanzania before the Eve of Colonialism
239
Maya Handicraft Vendors Crime and the Social Reconstruction of Market Spaces in a Tourism Town
267
The Commercial Transformation of a Philippine Cityscape A Case from San Fernando City La Union
291
Index
311
About the Editors
321

Pastures Lost The Decline of Mobile Pastoralism among Maasai and Rendille in Kenya East Africa
149
Landscape Acts and Property Regimes in the Ecuadorean Amazon
169
About the Contributors
323
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Lisa Cliggett andChristopher Pool are in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Kentucky.

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