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Weather, Climate, Culture

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ISBN 9781859736975
Published November 1, 2003 by Routledge
326 Pages

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Book Description

Throughout history, the weather has been both feared and revered for its powerful influence over living creatures. Not only does it control our moods, activities, and fashions, but it has also played a crucial role in broader issues of cultural identity, concepts of time, and economic development. In fact, the weather has become so ingrained in our everyday routines that many of us forget just how profoundly this omnipotent force shapes culture. With the continuing rise in global warming and consequential change in weather patterns, our awareness and understanding of this topic has never been so important. This fascinating book is the first to explore our close relationship with the weather. From folklore to visual representations, agricultural and health practices, and unusual weather events, Weather, Climate, Culture demonstrates that the way we discuss and interpret meteorological phenomena concerns not only the events in question but, more complexly, the cultural, political, and historical framework in which we discuss them. Why is it politically safe to discuss current weather conditions, but highly controversial to discuss long-term climate change? Why are the British renowned for talking about the weather and why, in the eighteenth century, was this regarded as genteel? How can accounts of cultural or moral change be associated with narratives of changing climate and vice-versa?Drawing on a wide range of case studies from around the world, this pioneering book provides an original and lively perspective on a subject that continues to have an incalculable impact on the way we live. It will serve as a landmark text for years to come.

Table of Contents

Introduction1.Sarah Strauss and Ben OrloveUp in the Air: The Anthropology of Weather and ClimateDAYS2.Jan Golinski TIME, TALK, AND THE WEATHER IN EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY BRITAIN.3.Sarah Strauss Weather Wise: Speaking Folklore to Science in Leukerbad4.Michael Paolisso Chesapeake Bay Watermen, Weather and Blue Crabs: Cultural Models and Fishery Policies5.Todd Sanders (En)Gendering the Weather: Rainmaking and Reproduction in Tanzania6.Trevor Harley (U. Dundee, UK)Nice weather for the time of year: The British obsession with the weatherYEARS7.Ben Orlove HOW PEOPLE NAME SEASONS8.John Thornes and Gemma Wetherell Monet's ‘London Series' and the Cultural Climate of London at the turn of the Twentieth Century9.David Ellis Changing Earth and Sky: Movement, Environmental Variability, and Responses to El Niño in the Pio-Tura Region of Papua New Guinea10.Carla Roncoli, Keith Ingram, Christine Jost, and Paul KirshenMeteorological Meanings: Farmers' Interpretations of Seasonal Rainfall Forecasts in Burkina Faso.GENERATIONS11.Tim Finan Climate Science and the Policy of Drought Mitigation in Ceará, Northeast Brazil12.Anne Henshaw CLIMATE AND CULTURE IN THE NORTH: THE INTERFACE OF ARCHAEOLOGY, PALEOENVIRONEMNTAL SCIENCE AND ORAL HISTORY13.Colin West and Marcela Vasquez-Léon Testing Farmers' Perceptions of Climate Variability: A Case Study from the Sulphur Springs Valley, Arizona14.Gisli Pálsson and Astrid Ogilvie "It looks like unfavourable weather is brewing":Descriptions of weather in the Sagas of Icelanders Afterword15.Steven Rayner Domesticating Nature: Commentary on the Anthropological Study of Weather and Climate Discourse

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Sarah Strauss Assistant Professor,University of Wyoming Benjamin S. Orlove Professor of Environmental Science and Policy, University of California, Davis and Adjunct Senior Research Scientist, International Research Institute for Climate Prediction, Columbia University, New York .