The Environment in Anthropology (Second Edition): A Reader in Ecology, Culture, and Sustainable Living

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Nora Haenn, Allison Harnish, Richard Wilk
NYU Press, Apr 26, 2016 - Social Science - 592 pages

The Environment in Anthropology presents ecology and current environmental studies from an anthropological point of view. From the classics to the most current scholarship, this text connects the theory and practice in environment and anthropology, providing readers with a strong intellectual foundation as well as offering practical tools for solving environmental problems.





Haenn, Wilk, and Harnish pose the most urgent questions of environmental protection: How are environmental problems mediated by cultural values? What are the environmental effects of urbanization? When do environmentalists’ goals and actions conflict with those of indigenous peoples? How can we assess the impact of “environmentally correct” businesses? They also cover the fundamental topics of population growth, large scale development, biodiversity conservation, sustainable environmental management, indigenous groups, consumption, and globalization.





This revised edition addresses new topics such as water, toxic waste, neoliberalism, environmental history, environmental activism, and REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation), and it situates anthropology in the multi-disciplinary field of environmental research. It also offers readers a guide for developing their own plan for environmental action. This volume offers an introduction to the breadth of ecological and environmental anthropology as well as to its historical trends and current developments. Balancing landmark essays with cutting-edge scholarship, bridging theory and practice, and offering suggestions for further reading and new directions for research, The Environment in Anthropology continues to provide the ideal introduction to a burgeoning field.

 

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Contents

General Introduction
1
SECTION 1 SO WHAT IS ENVIRONMENTAL ANTHROPOLOGY?
3
SECTION 2 WHAT DOES POPULATION HAVE TO DO WITH IT?
57
SECTION 3 WHAT ARE URBAN RURAL AND SUBURBAN ENVIRONMENTS?
117
SECTION 4 HOW DOES GLOBALIZATION AFFECT ENVIRONMENT AND CULTURE?
197
SECTION 5 HOW DO IDENTITIES SHAPE ECOLOGICAL EXPERIENCES?
245
SECTION 6 CAN BIODIVERSITY BE CONSERVED?
317
SECTION 7 IS GREEN CONSUMERISM THE ANSWER?
369
SECTION 8 OKAY NOW WHAT?
411
Contributors
509
Index
519
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About the author (2016)

Nora Haenn is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Arizona State University. She is author of Fields of Power, Forests of Discontent: Culture, Conservation, and the State in Mexico.

Allison Harnish is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Albion College (MI).

Richard Wilk is Distinguished Professor and Provost's Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University, where he directs the Food Studies Program. He is the author of Economics and Cultures: Foundations of Economic Anthropology.

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