1st Edition

Barbuda Changing Times, Changing Tides

Edited By Sophia Perdikaris, Rebecca Boger Copyright 2023
    180 Pages 39 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    180 Pages 39 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    This volume explores a range of themes including impacts of climate change, resilience, sustainability, indigeneity, cultural genocide, disaster capitalism, preservation of biodiversity, and environmental degradation. Focusing on the island of Barbuda in the West Indies, it shares critical insights into how climate change is reshaping our world. The book examines how climate has changed in the Caribbean over different spatial and temporal scales and how varying natural and anthropogenic factors have shaped Barbuda’s climatic and cultural history. It highlights projections of 21st-century climate change for the Caribbean region and its likely impacts on Barbuda’s coastal ecosystems, potable groundwater resources, and heritage. With essays by researchers from the United States, Canada, Caribbean, and Europe, this volume straddles a range of disciplines such as archaeology, anthropology, paleoclimatology, environmental sciences, science education, and Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK).

    Drawing on interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches that explore the intersection of natural and social systems over the longue durée, the volume will be of interest to scholars, researchers, and students of ethnography, social anthropology, climate action, development studies, public policy, and climate change.


    Sophia Perdikaris and Edith Gonzalez



    Sophia Perdikaris and Rebecca Boger


    1. A long-term perspective of climate change in the Caribbean and its impacts on the island of Barbuda

    Michael J. Burn, Rebecca Boger, Jonathan Holmes, and Allison Bain


    2. Water use and availability on Barbuda from the colonial times to the present: An intersection of natural and social systems

    Rebecca Boger and Sophia Perdikaris


    3. Developing agency and resilience in the face of climate change: Ways of knowing, feeling, and practicing through art and science

    Jennifer D. Adams and Noel Hefele


    4. Fallow deer: The unprotected biocultural heritage of Barbuda

    Naomi Sykes


    5. From the far ground to the near ground: Barbuda’s shifting agricultural practices

    Amy E. Potter


    6. Written with lightning: Filming Barbuda before the storm

    Russell Leigh Sharman


    7. Disaster capitalism: Who has a right to control their future?

    Emira Ibrahimpašić, Sophia Perdikaris, and Rebecca Boger


    Sophia Perdikaris is Director of Global Integrative Studies (the home of Anthropology, Geography, and Global Studies) and Happold Professor of Anthropology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA. Her area is environmental archaeology with a specialty in animal bones from archaeological sites. She is interested in people–environment interactions through time and the response of both to big climatic events.

    Rebecca Boger is Professor at Brooklyn College, City University of New York (CUNY), USA, and has a background in geospatial technologies, environmental science, and science education. Her research in Barbuda examines socio-ecological resilience, sustainability, environmental/climate change modeling, and community-based mapping.