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Routledge Handbook of Environmental Anthropology

Edited by Helen Kopnina, Eleanor Shoreman-Ouimet

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472 pages | 28 B/W Illus.

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Environmental Anthropology studies historic and present human-environment interactions. This volume illustrates the ways in which today's environmental anthropologists are constructing new paradigms for understanding the multiplicity of players, pressures, and ecologies in every environment, and the value of cultural knowledge of landscapes.

This Handbook provides a comprehensive survey of contemporary topics in environmental anthropology and thorough discussions on the current state and prospective future of the field in seven key sections. As the contributions to this Handbook demonstrate, the subfield of environmental anthropology is responding to cultural adaptations and responses to environmental changes in multiple and complex ways. As a discipline concerned primarily with human-environment interaction, environmental anthropologists recognize that we are now working within a pressure cooker of rapid environmental damage that is forcing behavioural and often cultural changes around the world. As we see in the breadth of topics presented in this volume, these environmental challenges have inspired renewed foci on traditional topics such as food procurement, ethnobiology, and spiritual ecology; and a broad new range of subjects, such as resilience, nonhuman rights, architectural anthropology, industrialism, and education. This volume enables scholars and students quick access to both established and trending environmental anthropological explorations into theory, methodology and practice.

Table of Contents

Part 1: The Development of Environmental Anthropology

1. Introduction Helen Kopnina, Eleanor Shoreman-Ouimet

2. History and Scope of Environmental Anthropology Eduardo Brondizio, Ryan Adams, Stefano Fiorini

3. Ethnobiology and the New Environmental Anthropology Eugene Anderson

4. Anthropology and the Environment: Beginnings Alan Beals

5. Ethnoscientific implications of classification as a socio-cultural processDavid Casagrande 

Part 2: Investigations in sub-fields of environmental anthropology

6. Enviromateriality: Exploring the Links between Political Ecology and Material Culture Studies Jose Martinez-Reyes

7. Historical Ecology: Agency in Human-Environment InteractionLauren Dodaro, Dustin Reuther

8. Architectural Anthropology: Developing methodological framework for Indigenous wellbeing Angela Kreutz and Paul Memmott

9. Beyond "nature": Towards more engaged and care-full ways of relating to the environment Mark Coekelbergh

Part 3: Ecological Knowledge, Belief and Sustainability

10. An Anthropology of Nature – or an Industrialist Anthropology? David Kidner

11. Spiritual Ecology, Sacred Places, and Biodiversity Conservation Leslie Sponsel

12. The Bible, Religion, and the Environment Ronald Simkins

13. What’s ontology got to do with it? On the knowledge of nature and the nature of knowledge in environmental anthropology Sian Sullivan

14. Unsustainability in action: An ethnographic examinationSayd Randle, Lauren Baker, Annie Claus, Chris Hebdon Alder Keleman andMichael R. Dove

15. Anthropological Approaches to Energy Peter Kirby 

Part 4: Climate Change, Resilience and Vulnerability

16. Disasters and Their Impact: A Fundamental Feature of Environment Susanna Hoffman

17. The Concepts of Adaptation, Vulnerability and Resilience in the Anthropology of Climate Change Anthony Oliver-Smith

18. Climate, Environment and Society in Northwest GreenlandMark Nuttall

19. Taking Responsibility for Climate Change: On Human Adaptation, Sustainable Consumption and Environmental Governance Cindy Isenhour

20. Climate change adaptation and development planning: from resilience to transformation? Bob Pokrant

Part 5: Justice, ethics, and governance

21. Justice for All: inconvenient truths and reconciliation in human-non-human relationsVeronica Strang

22. Environmental Ethics and Environmental Anthropology Holmes Rolston III

23. Battle of the Ecologies–Deep vs. Political: An Investigation of Anthropocentrism in the Social Sciences Bernard Zaleha

24. ‘Good governance’, corruption, and forest protection: critical insights from environmental anthropology Pauline Von Hellerman

25. Cultural ecotourism as an indigenous modernity: Namibian Bushmen and two contradictions of capitalismStasja Koot

Part 6: Health, Population, and Environment

26. Local and organic food movements Ryan Adams

27. Anthropocentrism and the making of Environmental Health Merrill Singer

28. Multi-Species Entanglements, Anthropology and Environmental Health Justice Melanie Rock

29. Challenging the Conventional Wisdom: Breast Cancer and Environmental Health Mary Anglin

30. Excessive Human Numbers in a World of Finite Limits: Confronting the Threshold of Collapse Kenneth Smail

Part 7: Environment and Education

31. Children’s language about the environment Bryan Wee and Hillary Mason

32. "You have to do it": Creating Agency for Environmental Sustainability through Experiential EducationBrenda R. Beckwith, Nancy J. Turner and Tania Halber

33. Cognition and cultural modeling Kimberly Kirner

34. Perceiving Nature’s Personhood: Anthropological Enhancements to Environmental EducationRobert Efird

35. Schooling the World: Land-based pedagogies and the culture of schoolingCarol Black

About the Editors

Helen Kopnina is assistant professor of environmental anthropology at the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology at Leiden University, the Netherlands. She is also a coordinator and lecturer within the Sustainable Business Program and researcher in the fields of environmental education and environmental social sciences at The Hague University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands.

Eleanor Shoreman-Ouimet is an environmental anthropologist and currently teaches in the Anthropology Department at the University of Connecticut, USA. Her research focuses on human–environment interactions, cross-cultural conservation practices, community response to natural hazards, and the effects of climate change.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS068000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Economic Development
BUS072000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
BUS099000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Environmental Economics
POL044000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy