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The latest Environment and Society featured article is now available! This month's article, "The Promise of Solutions from Increasing Diversity in Ways of Knowing: Educational Lessons from Meteorology, Ethnobotany, and Systems Ecology," comes from Volume 5 (2014). Amy Freitag demonstrates how systems of ecology, ethnobotany, and meteorology increase problem solving by legitimizing different ways of knowing. Visit… more...

New Issue of Environment and Society!

Berghahn Journals is pleased to announce that the latest volume of Environment and Society has recently published and is available online at its new home, www.berghahnjournals.com/environment-and-society. This volume, guested edited by Kay E. Lewis-Jones, revolves around the theme of "People and Plants," as "recent research on plants ... is now expanding our appreciation both of the… more...

Studying African Floodplains as Coupled Systems

Studying African Floodplains as Coupled Systems

Mark Moritz

“The major problems in the world are the result of the difference between how nature works and the way people think.” — Gregory Bateson The quote from Gregory Bateson, from the documentary Ecology of Mind (2011) that Nora Bateson made about her father, captures one of the key themes in his work: the way we… more...

Cultivating an Outer Space Ecology: Introducing the On-Orbit Gardener

Cultivating an Outer Space Ecology: Introducing the On-Orbit Gardener

Melanie Ford

Part of a series commissioned in 2009 by NASA for an exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center, the “Farmers Wanted” poster above is only one of many advertising for humanity’s resettlement on Mars. The series, Mars Explorers Wanted, includes other posters with text such as “We Need You”—an astronautical replica of Uncle Sam and the… more...

Digital Environments: Dealing with Data in Socio-Environmental Field Research

Alder Keleman Saxena

How do communication technologies—whether novel or newly extended—change the objects, subjects, and practices of environmental anthropology? Lately, I’ve been pondering this question, thinking particularly about two contrasting incidents from my fieldwork in Bolivia. The first is the memory of sitting in scratchy-bright, high-altitude sunlight, playing with my clunky first-generation smartphone in a lull between surveys… more...

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The Promise of Solutions from Increasing Diversity in Ways of Knowing: Educational Lessons from Meteorology, Ethnobotany, and Systems Ecology

Author: Amy Freitag Volume 5, Number 1 (2014) Abstract: The number of terms used for historically unrepresented types of knowledge in environmental management is large and growing. The emphasis on these “new” perspectives reflects a shift in how society values different ways of knowing. A primary reason behind this recognition of value is that fresh perspectives off er new problem framings, approaches to solutions, and linkages to other issues. Successes in collaborating across multiple knowledge domains have yielded new medicines, culturally appropriate regulations, and a better understanding of ecological dynamics, among others. ... Read more

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Volume 6, Number 1 (2015)

  1. The Anthropocene: A Critical Exploration [Free Download]

    Amelia Moore
  2. Anthropological Engagement with the Anthropocene: A Critical Review

    Hannah Gibson and Sita Venkateswar
  3. Beyond the Anthropocene: Un-Earthing an Epoch

    Valerie Olson and Lisa Messeri
  4. The Social Life of Blame in the Anthropocene

    Peter Rudiak-Gould
  5. The Mutable, the Mythical, and the Managerial: Raven Narratives and the Anthropocene

    Thomas F. Thornton and Patricia M. Thornton
  6. What Do We Talk About When We Talk About Biodiversity Conservation in the Anthropocene?

    George Holmes
  7. The Anthropocene Trading Zone: The New Conservation, Big Data Ecology, and the Valuation of Nature

    Lizzy Hare
  8. A Political Ecology of Education in/for the Anthropocene

    Teresa Lloro-Bidart
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