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Townsend: Environmental Anthropology: From Pigs to Policies. Pb

  • Environmental Anthropology: From Pigs to Policies.
  • Townsend, Patricia K.
  • 119 p. ; 9.00 H x 0.25 D x 6.00 W inches

This brief introduction to anthropological research on human-environment relations, with slightly over 100 pages and many photographs, gives the coverage needed for an ecological unit in a beginning anthropology course, or for introductory reading in the first week or two in a course focused on ecological anthropology (presumably followed by longer case studies, etc.). It would also be an excellent choice for introducing the anthropological approach in an environmental studies course or curriculum and can be strongly recommended for that purpose. Tightly focused on cultural and political ecology, the book mentions archaeology but does not provide significant coverage of archaeological work and does not deal with the biological and evolutionary side of human ecology. But within the cultural-political universe, coverage is excellent. The choice of case studies is noteworthy; Townsend draws on a wide selection of the best and most recent research projects to illustrate the points made in each chapter. The recent focus of ecological anthropology on political questions is well reflected. The short and highly selective bibliography will send students interested in seriously following up themes in the book to do further searching. Highly recommended for introductory classes and as supplementary reading in higher-level undergraduate classes.

Preface

vii
Introduction
1 (8)
The Field of Anthropology
4 (2)
Organization of This Book
6 (3)
Julian Steward's Cultural Ecology
9 (8)
A Short History of Environemental Anthropology
11 (1)
The Cultural Ecology of Julian Steward
12 (2)
Evolution in Cultural Anthropology
14 (1)
Cultural Ecology and the Last Northern Cod
15 (2)
Ethnoecology
17 (6)
The Study of Traditional Environmental Knowledge
19 (2)
Nature and Culture: A Universal Dichotomy?
21 (2)
Pigs for the Ancestors
23 (6)
A New Guinea Ecosystem
25 (1)
Critiques of Rappaport's Work
26 (2)
The Ecosystem Concept in Anthropology
28 (1)
Amazonian Hunters
29 (8)
Amazonian Game Animals
31 (2)
Managing the Forest
33 (1)
The Evolution of Social Complexity within Amazonia
34 (3)
Complex Societies
37 (8)
The Ecology of States
39 (1)
Indonesian Agriculture
40 (2)
Villages in the Alps
42 (3)
The Underground Environment: Minerals
45 (8)
The Ok Tedi Mine, Papua New Guinea
47 (1)
Impact of the Mine on the Landowners
48 (2)
Downstream Impact of the Ok Tedi Mine
50 (2)
Indigenous People and Enviromental Human Rights
52 (1)
The Climate Is Changing
53 (8)
Rising Oceans, Disaster-Displaced People
55 (2)
Hazard and Risk
57 (1)
Coping with Drought
57 (1)
Assessing Risk
58 (3)
Holy Ground
61 (8)
James Bay Cree Hunters
64 (1)
Ecotehology
65 (1)
The Ganges River: Raw Sewage or Spiritual Power
66 (1)
Environmental Justice in the United States
66 (3)
Population
69 (10)
Population and Environment in the Maya Lowlands
71 (2)
The Anthropology of Demography
73 (1)
Development without Growth in Kerala, India
74 (1)
Population Growth and Environmental Degradation in Honduras
75 (4)
Biodiversity and Health
79 (8)
Threats to Biodiversity
81 (1)
Medicinal Plants
82 (1)
Emerging Diseases
83 (4)
It Isn't Easy Being Green
87 (10)
The Indonesian Forest Fires of 1997-98
89 (1)
Animal Rights in the North
90 (1)
Environmental Movements
91 (2)
Parks and People
93 (1)
The Questions of the Commons
94 (3)
Consumer Cultures
97 (6)
Ecological Footprint Analysis
99 (1)
European and American Consumers
100 (3)
Glossary 103 (4)
References 107 (8)
Index 115
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