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The Anthropology of Climate Change

An Integrated Critical Perspective

By Hans Baer, Merrill Singer

© 2014 – Routledge

252 pages

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About the Book

In addressing the urgent questions raised by climate change, this book provides a comprehensive overview of the anthropology of climate change guided by a critical political ecological framework. It argues that anthropologists must significantly expand their focus on climate change and their contributions to responding to climate change as a grave risk to humanity.

The book presents a human socioecological framework for conceptualizing climate change. It examines the emergence and slow maturation of the anthropology of climate change; reviews the historic foundations for this work in the archaeology of climate change; and presents three alternative contemporary theoretical perspectives in the anthropology of climate change. The book synthesizes anthropological work and perspectives on climate change in the form of case studies in various regions of the world revealing the nature of global climate change as constituting multiple and somewhat diverse changes in local settings. It explores the applied anthropology of climate change in terms of the ways anthropologists are contributing to climate policy, working with communities on climate change issues, as well as within the climate movement both internationally and nationally.

Finally it provides an overview of what other the social sciences are saying about climate change and explores ways that the anthropology of climate change can interface with sociology, political science, and human geography in order to create an integrated social science of climate change.

This book gives researchers and students in Environmental Anthropology, Climate Change, Human Geography, and Sociology, a novel framework for understanding climate change that emphasizes human socioecological interactions.


"This is anthropology at its critical best. Not only does this book provide a comprehensive overview of the anthropology of climate change but also provides a trenchant political framework by which to analyze and respond to ‘climate turmoil’ thereby providing the reader with a cogent discussion of what it will take to fully address this issue." - Gregory V. Button, University of Tennessee, USA

Table of Contents

1.Climate Turmoil: Introducing a Socioecological Model of Human Action, Environment and Human Societies: A Brief Overview and Guiding Framework 2. The Emergence and Maturation of the Anthropology of Climate Change 3. The Archaeology of Climate Change 4. Theoretical Perspectives in the Anthropology of Climate Change 5. Case Studies in the Anthropology of Climate Change 6. Applications of Anthropological Research on Climate: Implications for Climate Change and Social Action 7. What are Other Social Scientists Saying about Climate Change 8. Conclusion: Toward an Integrated Social Science of Climate Change

About the Authors

Hans A. Baer is Associate Professor, Development Studies Program, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne, Australia.

Merrill Singer is Professor at the Departments of Anthropology and Community Medicine, University of Connecticut, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Climate Change Research

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Subject Categories

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