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Environmental Anthropology: A Historical Reader

Michael R. Dove (Editor), Carol Carpenter (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-1137-9
502 pages
December 2007, ©2007, Wiley-Blackwell
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Environmental Anthropology: A Reader is a collection of historically significant readings, dating from early in the twentieth century up to the present, on the cross-cultural study of relations between people and their environment.
  • Provides the historical perspective that is typically missing from recent work in environmental anthropology
  • Includes an extensive intellectual history and commentary by the volume’s editors
  • Offers a unique perspective on current interest in cross-cultural environmental relations
  • Divided into five thematic sections: (1) the nature/culture divide; (2) relationship between environment and social organization; (3) methodological debates and innovations; (4) politics and practice; and (5) epistemological issues of environmental anthropology
  • Organized into a series of paired papers, which ‘speak’ to each other, designed to encourage readers to make connections that they might not customarily make
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Preface.

Acknowledgments.

Editor's Biographical Information.

Original Sources.

Introduction: Major Historical Currents in Environmental Anthropology.

Part I: The Nature-Culture Dichotomy.

Part II: Ecology And Social Organization.

Part III: Methodological Challenges And Debates.

Part IV: The Politics of Natural Resources and the Environment.

Part V: Knowing the Environment
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Michael R. Dove is Margaret K. Musser Professor of Social Ecology, Professor of Anthropology, Curator of Anthropology at the Peabody Museum, and Coordinator of the joint doctoral program in anthropology and environmental studies, Yale University. He is the author of numerous books and papers on the anthropology of conservation and development. His most recent book is Conserving Nature in Culture: Case Studies from Southeast Asia (co-edited with P. Sajise and A. Doolittle, 2005).

Carol Carpenter is Senior Lecturer in Social Ecology and Anthropology, Yale University. Her teaching and research focus on theories of social ecology; social aspects of sustainable development and conservation; and gender in agrarian and ecological systems.
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  • Provides the historical perspective that is typically missing from recent work in environmental anthropology
  • Includes an extensive intellectual history and commentary by the volume’s editors
  • Offers a unique perspective on current interest in cross-cultural environmental relations
  • Divided into five thematic sections: (1) the nature/culture divide; (2) relationship between environment and social organization; (3) methodological debates and innovations; (4) politics and practice; and (5) epistemological issues of environmental anthropology
  • Organized into a series of paired papers, which ‘speak’ to each other, designed to encourage readers to make connections that they might not customarily make
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“Environmental Anthropology is a rich addition to Blackwell’s successful series of Anthologies in social and cultural anthropology. It intends to give historical and theoretical depth to the largely crisis-driven work in this burgeoning sub-field of anthropology. The eight-five page introduction and bibliography map out a cyclical development of a branch of anthropology which seems ever more relevant, given contemporary concerns about environmental degradation, climate change, peak oil, and resource-related conflict.  The editors, Michael R. Dove and Carol Carpenter, are well positioned to present these extremely wide-ranging selections of works defined by their timeless relevance. Dove and Carpenter have done a formidable job in providing what is likely to become a key textbook in specialized courses on environmental anthropology and a rich reference for anybody interested in the multifarious ways in which humans have lived and shaped their worlds.” (Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, December 2009)

“This reader provides an excellent sampling of classic anthropological writings on human ecology and environments. A truly comprehensive survey of the field and a range of genuine classics … articles that deserve their wide reputation. In comparison with other readers on this general topic, the present one focuses on truly influential, widely cited works and is more balanced and comprehensive. Very highly recommended for courses in environmental or ecological anthropology, conservation biology, and human ecology. Summing Up: Essential. All levels/libraries.” (Choice, November 2008)

"Anthropology has a long and rich history of efforts to make sense of human societies in relation to their natural environments, and this edited collection, by Michael Dove and Carol Carpenter of Yale University, is an important contribution to that history. I strongly recommend the book to environmental scientists and conservation practitioners as a source of ideas about the human dimension of the things they care about." (Environment Conservation, 2008)

“This volume is the foundational volume on environmental anthropology I wish I had put under my belt a decade ago. Selected with scrupulous care and introduced with illuminating commentary, this collection is Indispensable both for its intellectual depth and breadth.”
–James C. Scott, Yale University

“This reader is exactly what professors like me have long dreamed of, but never had, in teaching environmental anthropology. Dove and Carpenter, two of the field’s most distinguished scholars, have assembled and integrated the perfect collection of classic and recent essays on humans and the environment. They successfully develop the key historic themes of the field which are then fleshed out through a careful selection of theoretical debates and ethnographic cases written by some of the best anthropological minds of the past and present.”
–Robert E. Rhoades, University of Georgia

“Distinguished environmental anthropologists Michael Dove and Carol Carpenter provide a great service for both professional colleagues and students in this specialization through a wonderful benchmark sampling of articles from its history with an emphasis on its formative and mature development during the decades of the 1950s through the 1990s. The progression of different phases and approaches in the history of environmental anthropology is exceedingly well illustrated through the five thematic parts of this anthology. The chapters are placed in context through an extensive, informative, and insightful introduction. This anthology goes a long way toward filling one of the previously empty niches among the textbooks available for this specialization and nicely complements rather than competes with them. It is also indispensable as a reference work.”
–Leslie E. Sponsel, Director, Ecological Anthropology Program, University of Hawaii


 

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