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1st Edition

Cultural Models of Nature
Primary Food Producers and Climate Change

ISBN 9780815356585
Published April 3, 2019 by Routledge
290 Pages 35 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Drawing on the ethnographic experience of the contributors, this volume explores the Cultural Models of Nature found in a range of food-producing communities located in climate-change affected areas. These Cultural Models represent specific organizations of the etic categories underlying the concept of Nature (i.e. plants, animals, the physical environment, the weather, humans, and the supernatural). The adoption of a common methodology across the research projects allows the drawing of meaningful cross-cultural comparisons between these communities. The research will be of interest to scholars and policymakers actively involved in research and solution-providing in the climate change arena.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Cultural Models of Nature of Primary Food Producers in Communities Affected by Climate Change
Giovanni Bennardo

  1. Vernacular Explanations of Rainfall Variability in Highland Ethiopia
    Teferi Abate Adem
  2. Cultural Models of Nature in Tonga (Polynesia)
    Giovanni Bennardo
  3. "Plants are Cooking Under the Soil": Food Production, Models of Nature and Climate Change Perceptions Among Indigenous Peasant Communities (Amazonia, Brazil)
    Leandro Mahalem de Lima
  4. Lithuanian Farmers in a Time of Economic and Environmental Ambiguity
    Victor C. De Munck
  5. Ecuadorian Quichua-Speaking Farmers’ Cultural Models of Climate, Change, and Morality
    Eric C Jones
  6. Cultural Models of Nature and Divinity in a Rain Fed Farming Village of Punjab, Pakistan
    Stephen M. Lyon and Muhammad A. Z. Mughal
  7. The Salience of Woodland in the Dolomites (Italian Alps)
    Anna Paini
  8. Human Nature of Nature: Cultural Models of Food Production and Nature in the Northern Kanto Plain of Japan
    Hidetada Shimizu and Chisaki Fukushima
  9. Domesticating Categories of the Wild Environment: Eliciting Cultural Models of Nature among Hai//om
    Thomas Widlok
  10. The Earth is Getting Old: Personification of Climate and Environmental Change by Tagalog Fishermen
    Katharine L. Wiegele
  11. Flowing Between Certainty and Uncertainty Rhythmically: Spirits’ Power and Human Efforts in a Kachin Cultural Model of Nature and Environment in Southwest China
    Wenyi Zhang

Conclusion: Comparison of Cultural Models of Nature and the Role of Space in Cognition
Giovanni Bennardo

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Giovanni Bennardo is Presidential Research Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Cognitive Studies Initiative and Environment, Sustainability, and Energy Institute at Northern Illinois University, USA.