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Studies in Environmental Anthropology


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A Place Against Time: Land and Environment in the Papua New Guinea Highlands

A Place Against Time: Land and Environment in the Papua New Guinea Highlands

Paul Sillitoe
May 17, 2016

A Place Against Time is an ethnographically focused environmental study of Montane, New Guinea, where people were among the world's first to cultivate crops some ten millennia ago, and where today an enduring agricultural condition continues. It arranges its account of climate, vegetation...

Kayapó Ethnoecology and Culture

Kayapó Ethnoecology and Culture

Darrell A. Posey, Kristina Plenderleith
December 04, 2015

Darrell A Posey died in March 2001 after a long and distinguished career in anthropology and ecology. Kayapó Ethnoecology and Culture presents a selection of his writings that result from 25 years of work with the Kayapó Indians of the Amazon Basin. These writings describe the...

Managing Animals in New Guinea: Preying the Game in the Highlands

Managing Animals in New Guinea: Preying the Game in the Highlands

Paul Sillitoe
September 09, 2013

Managing Animals in New Guinea analyzes the place of animals in the lives of New Guinea Highlanders. Looking at issues of zoological classification, hunting of wild animals and management of domesticated ones, notably pigs, it asks how natural parameters affect people's livelihood strategies and...

Nage Birds: Classification and symbolism among an eastern Indonesian people

Nage Birds: Classification and symbolism among an eastern Indonesian people

Gregory Forth
July 09, 2013

This unusual and richly-illustrated book is the story of the relationship between the Nage people of eastern Indonesia and the birds alongside which they co-exist. Based on fieldwork carried out over a period of some fifteen years, it aims for a total view of how a human community interacts...

Development and Local Knowledge

Development and Local Knowledge

Alan Bicker, Johan Pottier, Paul Stillitoe
December 13, 2011

There is a revolution happening in the practice of anthropology. A new field of 'indigenous knowledge' is emerging, which aims to make local voices hear and ensure that development initiatives meet the needs of indigenous people.Development and Local Knowledge focuses on two major challenges that...

Indigenous Knowledge and Ethics: A Darrell Posey Reader

Indigenous Knowledge and Ethics: A Darrell Posey Reader

Darrell A. Posey, Kristiana Plenderleith
November 29, 2011

Darrell A. Posey, who died in 2001, was internationally known for his support of indigenous peoples and their natural habitats, and particularly for his pioneering work with the Kayapó people of Brazil. He was an organiser of the First International Congress of Ethnobiology which resulted in the...

Indigenous Enviromental Knowledge and its Transformations: Critical Anthropological Perspectives

Indigenous Enviromental Knowledge and its Transformations: Critical Anthropological Perspectives

Alan Bicker, Roy Ellen, Peter Parkes
August 08, 2000

The first concerted critical examination of the uses and abuses of indigenous knowledge. The contributors focus on a series of interrelated issues in their interrogation of indigenous knowledge and its specific applications within the localised contexts of particular Asian societies and regional...

People, Land and Water in the Arab Middle East: Environments and Landscapes in the Bilad ash-Sham

People, Land and Water in the Arab Middle East: Environments and Landscapes in the Bilad ash-Sham

Fidelity Lancaster
June 11, 1999

The result of twenty-five years of research with different tribal groups in the Arabian peninsula, this study focuses on ethnographic descriptions of Arab tribal societies in five regions of the peninsula, with comparative material from others. Having become aware of the depth in time of Arab...

Transforming the Indonesian Uplands

Transforming the Indonesian Uplands

Tania Li
April 23, 1999

Drawing upon current theoretical debates in social anthropology, development studies and political ecology, and presenting original research from across the Archipelago, this book addresses the changing histories and identities of upland people as they relate in new ways to the natural resource...

Protecting the Arctic: Indigenous Peoples and Cultural Survival

Protecting the Arctic: Indigenous Peoples and Cultural Survival

Mark Nuttall
November 19, 1998

Protecting the Arctic explores some of the ways in which indigenous peoples have taken political action regarding Arctic environmental and sustainable development issues, and investigates the involvement of indigenous peoples in international environmental policy- making. Nuttall illustrates how...

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