3rd Edition

Anthropology and Climate Change From Transformations to Worldmaking

Edited By Susan A. Crate, Mark Nuttall Copyright 2024
    414 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    414 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    In this third edition of Anthropology and Climate Change, Susan Crate and Mark Nuttall offer a collection of chapters that examine how anthropologists work on climate change issues with their collaborators, both in academic research and practicing contexts, and discuss new developments in contributions to policy and adaptation at different scales. Building on the first edition’s pioneering focus on anthropology’s burgeoning contribution to climate change research, policy, and action, as well as the second edition’s focus on transformations and new directions for anthropological work on climate change, this new edition reveals the extent to which anthropologists’ contributions are considered to be critical by climate scientists, policymakers, affected communities, and other rights-holders. Drawing on a range of ethnographic and policy issues, this book highlights the work of anthropologists in the full range of contexts – as scholars, educators, and practitioners from academic institutions to government bodies, international science agencies and foundations, working in interdisciplinary research teams and with community research partners.

    The contributions to this new edition showcase important new academic research, as well as applied and practicing approaches. They emphasize human agency in the archaeological record, the rapid development in the last decade of community-based and community-driven research and disaster research; provide rich ethnographic insight into worldmaking practices, interventions, and collaborations; and discuss how, and in what ways, anthropologists work in policy areas and engage with regional and global assessments.

    This new edition is essential for established scholars and for students in anthropology and a range of other disciplines, including environmental studies, as well as for practitioners who engage with anthropological studies of climate change in their work.

    Introduction: from transformations to worldmaking

    Susan A. Crate and Mark Nuttall


    Part I Reorientations

    1. The arc of the Anthropocene: deep-time perspectives from environmental archaeology
    2. Arlene Miller Rosen

    3. Re-fielding climate change in cultural anthropology
    4. Meredith Welch-Devine and Heather Lazrus

    5. A picaresque critique: the anthropology of disasters and displacement in the era of global warming and pandemics
    6. A.J. Faas

    7. Understanding Arctic melt: reflections on collaborative interdisciplinary research
    8. Mark Nuttall

    9. ‘Knowing’ climate: engaging vernacular narratives of change
    10. Susan A. Crate


      Part II Worldmaking Practices

    11. "Don’t look down": green technologies, climate change, and mining
    12. Jerry K. Jacka

    13. Getting it right: What needs to be done to ensure First Nations’ participation and benefit from large-scale renewable energy developments on Country?
    14. Katie Quail, Donna Green and Ciaran O’Faircheallaigh

    15. Whither the winds of change? Worldmaking winds and seasonal disruptions in the northern Chilean Andes
    16. Penelope Dransart and Marietta Ortega Perrier

    17. The water obliges: climate change and worldmaking practices in Peru
    18. Astrid B. Stensrud

    19. Climate action with a lagniappe: coastal restoration, flood risk reduction, sacred site protection and Tribal communities' resilience
    20. Julie Maldonado, Kristina Peterson, R. Eugene Turner, Theresa Dardar, Shirell Parfait-Dardar, Rosina Philippe, Donald Dardar, Alessandra Jerolleman, Julie Torres, Rebecca Lovingood and Mira Olson

    21. Climate change as colonial echo in the Canadian Arctic
    22. Franz Krause

    23. On new ground: tracing human-muskox reconfigurations in Greenland
    24. Astrid Oberborbeck Andersen and Janne Flora

    25. The disappearing free reindeer: unexpected consequences of climate change for Fennoscandian reindeer herding
    26. Majken Paulsen, Grete K. Hovelsrud and Camilla Risvoll

    27. Sakha and alaas: place attachment and cultural identity in a time of climate change
    28. Susan A. Crate

    29. A reflexive approach to climate change engagement with Sherpas from Khumbu and Pharak in
    30. northeastern Nepal (Mount Everest Region)

      Pasang Yangjee Sherpa and Ornella Puschiasis


      Part III Interventions

    31. Why we need to pay attention to wealth and inequality in lowering carbon emissions
    32. Beatriz Barros and Richard Wilk

    33. Decarbonization and making the energy future in the Welsh underlands
    34. Mark Nuttall

    35. Representation and luck: reflections on climate and collaboration in Shishmaref, Alaska
    36. Dennis Davis and Elizabeth Marino

    37. Agricultural intensification in Northern Burkina Faso: smallholder adaptation to climate change
    38. Colin Thor West and Carla Roncoli

    39. Anthropological contributions to IPCC assessment work
    40. Pamela McElwee

    41. Negotiating science and policy in international climate assessments
    42. Jessica O’Reilly

    43. From "lone ranger" to team player: the role of anthropology in training a new generation of climate adaptation professionals
    44. Sarah Strauss and Courtney Kurlanska

    45. Climate counter-hegemony: crafting an anthropological climate politics through student-faculty collaborations in the classroom and on the streets
    46. Brian J. Burke, Sydney Blume and Michael Z. Weiss

    47. Caiyugluku: pulling from within to meet the challenges in a rapidly changing Arctic
    48. Fred Phillip, Raychelle Aluaq Daniel, Jonella Ququngaq Larson, Anne Stevens Henshaw and Erin Dougherty Lynch

    49. Culture and heritage in climate conversations: reflections on connecting culture, heritage and climate change

    William P. Megarry, Hana Morel, Sarah Forgesson and Eduardo S. Brondizio


    Susan A. Crate and Mark Nuttall





    Susan A. Crate is an environmental and cognitive anthropologist and Professor Emeritus of George Mason University, USA.

    Mark Nuttall is Professor and Henry Marshall Tory Chair of Anthropology at the University of Alberta, Canada. He is also Adjunct Professor at Ilisimatusarfik/University of Greenland and the Greenland Climate Research Centre in Nuuk, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

    "This third edition of Anthropology and Climate Change is an excellent assemblage of articles and case studies exploring the reorientations required for fully capturing the multiple and complexly intertwined challenges of climate change, the need to reconfigure through a process of world-making different ways (worlds) of envisioning how we relate to one another and to our environments, and finally, the problems and pitfalls that occur when global policy fails to recognize local capacities and vulnerabilities. Challenging the neoliberal logic that negates the possibility of other possible futures, essentially construing neoliberal capitalism as some ultimate stage of human evolution (Baschet 2003), the authors assert that anthropology thus must tap into the full array of resources, past, contemporary and imagined, for guides for creating alternative futures beyond the current relentless construction of risk. Framing the focus of the third edition with the subtitle "From Transformations to World-Making," Crate and Nuttall and the various authors contend that if climate change doesn't move us toward imagining other worlds (ways) than current neoliberal approaches, we never will, and the consequences will be catastrophic. The third edition of Anthropology and Climate Change moves that discussion significantly forward."

    Anthony Oliver-Smith, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, University of Florida