Nature and Society: Anthropological Perspectives

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Philippe Descola, Gísli Pálsson
Psychology Press, 1996 - Philosophy - 310 pages
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Nature and Society looks critically at the nature/society dichotomy and its place in human ecology and social theory. Rethinking the dualism means rethinking ecological anthropology and its notion of the relation between person and environment. By focusing on a variety of perspectives, the contributors draw upon developments in social theory, biology, ethnobiology and sociology of science. They present an array of ethnographic case studies - from Amazonia, the Solomon Islands, Malaysia, the Moluccan Islands, rural communities in Japan and north-west Europe, urban Greece and laboratories of molecular biology and high-energy physics. Nature and Society focuses on the issue of the environment and its relations to humans. By inviting concern for sustainability, ethics, indigenous knowledge, animal rights and social context of science, this book will appeal to students of anthropology, human ecology and sociology.

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1 Introduction
Part I Contested domains and boundaries
Part II Sociologies of nature
Part III Nature society and artefact
Name index
Subject index

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About the author (1996)

Philippe Descolaholds the chair of anthropology and heads the Laboratoire d anthropologie sociale at the College de France. He also teaches at the Ecole des hautes etudes en sciences sociales. Among his previous books to appear in English are"In the Society of Nature"and"The Spears of Twilight".

Gisli Palsson is Professor of anthropology at the University of Iceland and Visiting Professor at King's College, London. He has conducted fieldwork in Iceland, Cape Verde, the Canadian Arctic, and the Virgin Islands. Palsson has written extensively on topics relating to social, cultural and biological anthropology, including the new genetics, environmental politics, and the politics of language.

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