ABSTRACT

This volume presents new theoretical approaches, methodologies, subject pools, and topics in the field of environmental anthropology. Environmental anthropologists are increasingly focusing on self-reflection - not just on themselves and their impacts on environmental research, but also on the reflexive qualities of their subjects, and the extent to which these individuals are questioning their own environmental behavior. Here, contributors confront the very notion of "natural resources" in granting non-human species their subjectivity and arguing for deeper understanding of "nature," and "wilderness" beyond the label of "ecosystem services." By engaging in interdisciplinary efforts, these anthropologists present new ways for their colleagues, subjects, peers and communities to understand the causes of, and alternatives to environmental destruction. This book demonstrates that environmental anthropology has moved beyond the construction of rural, small group theory, entering into a mode of solution-based methodologies and interdisciplinary theories for understanding human-environmental interactions. It is focused on post-rural existence, health and environmental risk assessment, on the realm of alternative actions, and emphasizes the necessary steps towards preventing environmental crisis.

chapter |22 pages

Introduction: Environmental Anthropology of Today and Tomorrow

ByHELEN KOPNINA AND ELEANOR SHOREMAN-OUIMET

part |2 pages

Pathways: Reflections on the Self and Society

part |2 pages

Solutions-Based Research, Alternative Methodologies, and Lifeways

chapter 9|18 pages

Causal Explanation for Environmental Anthropologists

ByANDREW P. VAYDA

chapter 10|21 pages

Possibilities for a Bioregional Anthropology

ByJOSHUA LOCKYER

chapter |8 pages

Contributors