Culture and the Changing Environment: Uncertainty, Cognition and Risk Management in Cross-cultural Perspective

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Michael J. Casimir, Department of Social Anthropology Michael J Casimir
Berghahn Books, 2008 - 394 pages
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Today human ecology has split into many different sub-disciplines such as historical ecology, political ecology or the New Ecological Anthropology. The latter in particular has criticised the predominance of the Western view on different ecosystems, arguing that culture-specific world views and human-environment interactions have been largely neglected. However, these different perspectives only tackle specific facets of a local and global hyper-complex reality. In bringing together a variety of views and theoretical approaches, these especially commissioned essays prove that an interdisciplinary collaboration and understanding of the extreme complexity of the human-environment interface(s) is possible.

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Contents

The Acceptance of WetRice
125
A Cultural Response to the Threat
197
Living with Uncertainty
221
Coping and Risk Management in Botswana
251
Discourses
275
Environmental
301
Mass Tourism and Ecological Problems in Seaside Resorts
325
A Comparative Perspective
351
Notes on Contributors
383
Index
389
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Michael J. Casimir is Professor of Cultural Anthropology at the University of Cologne. He has conducted prolonged fieldwork on the ecology, economy, environmental management and nutritional and socialisation patterns among pastoral nomads in west Afghanistan and Kashmir. Together with Aparna Rao he was chairperson of the Commission on Nomadic Peoples of the International Union of Ethnological and Anthropological Sciences (1995-1998), and was until 2004 one of the editors of Nomadic Peoples (Berghahn), the official journal of the Commission. His major publications include Flocks and Food. A Biocultural Approach to the Study of Pastoral Foodways (1991); Mobility and Territoriality (ed. 1992); Nomadism in South Asia (ed. 2003).

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