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Anthropology, Social Science, and the March for Science

Anthropology, Social Science, and the March for Science

Andrew Tarter

This post is presented in this week’s series recognizing Earth Day, Saturday, April 22. Anthropology has an unusual relationship with science. As scientist and anthropologist H. Russell Bernard points out in the preamble to his now-canonized Research Methods in Anthropology: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches: With one foot planted squarely in the humanities and the other in… more...

The Afterlife of Coal

The Afterlife of Coal

Andrew McGrath

This post is presented in this week’s series recognizing Earth Day, Saturday, April 22. Coal mining communities in Appalachia have been framed as both victims and villains within the discourses of our emerging Trumpian late industrial narrative. Indeed, the US presidential election of Donald Trump has enacted an existential ratcheting up of the vitriolic moral divisions… more...

Climate Skepticism, Denial, and the Question of Belief

Climate Skepticism, Denial, and the Question of Belief

Ryan Anderson

This post is presented in this week’s series recognizing Earth Day, Saturday, April 22. One thing I’ve noticed is that when it comes to climate change, many talk about it in terms of belief. I hear this from students, pundits, and even academics. One of the first questions that seems to come up is whether or… more...

Happy Earth Day from EnviroSociety!: Free Access to Journal Articles

Happy Earth Day from EnviroSociety!: Free Access to Journal Articles

Each year, Earth Day—April 22—marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. Earth Day 1970 capitalized on the emerging consciousness, channeling the energy of the anti-war protest movement and putting environmental concerns front and center. The very first Earth Day celebration brought 20 million Americans to the streets to… more...

Landscapes of Change, Inertia, and Species Coexistence

Landscapes of Change, Inertia, and Species Coexistence

Joanna E. Lambert

Humans are adapted to change. I’ll illustrate this point using feeding and diet as an example.[1] Our nutritional niche is arguably among the broadest on the planet, rivaling most other species in its eclectic omnivory and diverse patterns of food consumption; we are gustatory generalists extraordinaire, flexible, and adapted to shifting landscapes of food availability.… more...

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Placing Plants in Territory

Authors: Sarah Besky and Jonathan Padwe Volume 7, Number 1 (2016) Abstract: In this article, we use plants to think about territory, a concept that is at once a bulwark of social theory and an under-theorized category of social analysis. Scholarship on plants brings together three overlapping approaches to territory: biological and behaviorist theories; representational and cartographic perspectives; and more-than-human analysis. We argue that these three approaches are not mutually exclusive. Rather, different epistemologies of territory overlap and are imbricated within each other. We further argue that these three approaches to ter ... Read more

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Volume 7, Number 1 (2016)

  1. Introduction: People and Plants [Free to all readers!]

    Kay E. Lewis-Jones
  2. Placing Plants in Territory

    Sarah Besky and Jonathan Padwe
  3. Boundary Plants, the Social Production of Space, and Vegetative Agency in Agrarian Societies

    Michael Sheridan
  4. Extractive Conservation: Peasant Agroecological Systems as New Frontiers of Exploitation?

    Anne Cristina de la Vega-Leinert and Peter Clausing
  5. Cultures of Soy and Cattle in the Context of Reduced Deforestation and Agricultural Intensification in the Brazilian Amazon

    Ariela Zycherman
  6. Separating the Wheat from the Chaff: The Social Worlds of Wheat

    Jessica Barnes
  7. Humans, Plants, and Networks: A Critical Review

    Laura Calvet-Mir and Matthieu Salpeteur

 

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