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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...

Present Progressive?: Of Cell Phones and Energy Transitions in the Anthropocene

Sarah Strauss

The first week of September was a rather busy one, beginning with the announcement by the Subcomission on Quaternary Stratigraphy’s Working Group on the Anthropocene (AWG), reporting their vote for the onset of the Anthropocene Epoch. In their report to the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS), the Working Group favored the nuclear fallout of… more...

Celebrate the Centennial of the US National Parks Service with a Free Chapter

Today is the 100th birthday of the US National Parks Service! To celebrate, Berghahn Books has made the chapter “Unpacking Yellowstone: The American National Park in Global Perspective” from Civilizing Nature: National Parks in Global Historical Perspective freely available online until September 8, 2016. Click here to view this chapter!     CIVILIZING NATURE National Parks in… more...

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Humans, Animals, and Health: From Ecology to Entanglement

Authors: Alex M. Nading Volume 4, Number 1 (2013) Abstract: Medical and environmental social scientists have recently become interested in how health brings human and nonhuman animals together. This article discusses historical approaches to this question. It then explores applied disease ecology, which examines how anthropogenic landscape change leads to “disease emergence.” The article goes on to review two critical approaches to the question. Critics of biosecurity concern themselves with the ways in which animal and human lives are regulated in the context of “emerging diseases” such as avian influenza and foot and mo ... Read more

Tags: biopoliticsbiosecuritydisease ecologyemerging diseaseentanglementhealthhuman-animal studiesAlex Nading

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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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    Heather Anne Swanson, Nils Bubandt, and Anna Tsing

 

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