- What makes people care about the environment? - Why and how do different cultural groups value land in different ways? With increasing international concern about green issues, and the apparent failure of mechanistic solutions to complex problems, Uncommon Ground provides a timely understanding of the cultural values that underpin human-environmental relations. Through a comparison of two very different groups, the Aboriginal people and the white cattle farmers in Far North Queensland, Uncommon Ground explores how the human-environmental relationship is culturally constructed. This highly topical study also examines the long-term conflicts over land in Australia, which have brought to the surface each group's environmental values. The author considers how these values are acquired, and the universal and cultural factors that lead to their development. Major emphasis is put on the cultural forms that create and express environmental values for the Aborigines and the white pastoralists, such as: - historical background - land use and economic modes - socio-spatial organization - language, knowledge and methods of socialization - oral and visual representation - cosmological beliefs and systems of law This book is very accessible and should be widely used on anthropology, environmental studies and geography courses.]
Table of Contents
Part 1: Landscapes of the Past 1 Strangers from the Sea: The Invasion of the Peninsula 2 Voyages of Discovery: The Colonisation of the Peninsula 3 A Present from the Past Part II: Cultural Landscapes 4 Living on the Land: Aboriginal Culture, Economics and Land Use 5 Living off the Land: Taking Stock of the Cattle Industry 6 Social Space and Social Place: Socio-Spatial Part III: Learning Environmental Values 7 Learning Values: Education in the Gulf Country 8 In the Eye of the Beholder: Readings of the Country 9 Mapping the Country: Representations of the Landscape 10 Antipodean Worlds: Cosmology, Law and Environmental Values
Veronica Strang is Professor of Social Anthropology, The University of Auckland.