Environmental Social Sciences: Methods and Research Design

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Ismael Vaccaro, Eric Alden Smith, Shankar Aswani
Cambridge University Press, Nov 11, 2010 - Medical
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The relationship between human communities and the environment is extremely complex. In order to resolve the issues involved with this relationship, interdisciplinary research combining natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities is necessary. In this 2010 book, specialists summarise methods and research strategies for various aspects of social research devoted to environmental issues. Each chapter is illustrated with ethnographic and environmental examples, ranging from Australia to Amazonia, from Madagascar to the United States, and from prehistoric and historic cases to contemporary rural and urban ones. It deals with climate change, deforestation, environmental knowledge, natural reserves, politics and ownership of natural resources, and the effect of differing spatial and temporal scales. Contributing to the intellectual project of interdisciplinary environmental social science, this book shows the possibilities social science can provide to environmental studies and to larger global problems and thus will be of equal interest to social and natural scientists and policy makers.

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Methods and Research Design 1 Introduction
Methods and Research Design 2 People numbers and natural resources demography in environmental research
Methods and Research Design 3 Production decisions and time allocation a guide to data collection
Methods and Research Design 4 Analyzing the politics of natural resources from theories of property rights to institutional analysis and beyond
Methods and Research Design 5 Extreme events tipping points and vulnerability methods in the political economy of environment
Methods and Research Design 6 Local communities and natural resources ethnobiology in practice
Methods and Research Design 7 Mapping histories cultural landscapes and walkabout methods
Methods and Research Design 8 Metaphors and myths in news reports of an Amazonian Lost Tribe society environment and literary analysis
Methods and Research Design 10 Linking human and natural systems social networks environment and ecology
Methods and Research Design 11 Khat commodity chains in Madagascar multisited ethnography at multiple scales
Methods and Research Design 12 Spatiotemporal methodologies in environmental anthropology geographic information systems remote sensing lan...
Methods and Research Design 13 Deep time diachronic change and the integration of multiscalar data archaeological methods for exploring humane...
Methods and Research Design 14 Comparing trajectories of climate class and production an historical ecology of American yeomen
Methods and Research Design 15 Socioecological methods for designing marine conservation programs a Solomon Islands example
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Methods and Research Design 9 Water decisionmakers in a desert city text analysis and environmental social science

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About the author (2010)

Ismael Vaccaro teaches anthropology and environmental studies at McGill University and is the director of the Neotropical Program managed in collaboration with the Smithsonian Tropical Institute.

Eric Alden Smith co-founded and directed the Environmental Anthropology Graduate Program at the University of Washington and served as President of the Evolutionary Anthropology Society. He has published extensively on systems of production and reproduction in various small-scale societies, and currently codirects an NSF IGERT program.

Shankar Aswani is a recipient of the prestigious Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation (2005), the first time in its 15-year history that the world's premier award in marine conservation has been given to an anthropologist. He has collaborated in the development of a network of locally managed Marine Protected Areas and small-scale rural development projects in the Solomon Islands.

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