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New Featured Article!: Adaptation—Genuine and Spurious

New Featured Article!: Adaptation—Genuine and Spurious

The latest Environment and Society featured article is now available! This month's article—"Adaptation—Genuine and Spurious: Demystifying Adaptation Processes in Relation to Climate Change"—comes from Volume 1 (2010). In their article, Thomas F. Thornton and Nadia Manasfi critically examine the concept of human adaptation by dividing it into eight fundamental processes and viewing each in a broad cultural, ecological, and… more...

Michael Main: How PNG LNG Is Shaking Up the Earthquake

Michael Main: How PNG LNG Is Shaking Up the Earthquake

The word for “earthquake” in the Huli language is wonderfully onomatopoeic: dindi dumbirumbi (literally “earth moving and shaking”). During fieldwork conducted in 2016, I interviewed an elderly Huli ritual leader named Dali Ango at his home in Koroba, located in Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) Hela Province. Huli ritual leaders, who inherited their position, were holders… more...

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New Featured Article!: "Systematic Review of Recent Social Indicator Efforts in US Coastal and Ocean Ecosystems (2000–2016)"

The latest Environment and Society featured article is now available! This month's article—"Systematic Review of Recent Social Indicator Efforts in US Coastal and Ocean Ecosystems (2000–2016)"—comes from Volume 8 (2017). In their article, Victoria C. Ramenzoni and David Yoskowitz discuss the major rationale underpinning governmental efforts, after Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina, to quantify social impacts, resilience, and community adaptation ,… more...

Thinking about Ownership of the Sea

Thinking about Ownership of the Sea

Stephanie Weir

The notion of property has had many accolades assigned to it. In some iterations, it is the bringer of freedom (Anderson and Huggins 2003); in others it is a wielder of power (Underkuffler 2003). It is also a way of distinction between culture and nature, boiled down to the ownable and unownable. Land, a cultural… more...

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New Featured Article!: "Boundary Plants, the Social Production of Space, and Vegetative Agency in Agrarian Societies"

The latest Environment and Society featured article is now available! This month's article—"Boundary Plants, the Social Production of Space, and Vegetative Agency in Agrarian Societies"—comes from Volume 7 (2016). In his article, Michael Sheridan surveys botanical boundaries in classic ethnography, outlines social science approaches to boundary objects, and describes new theoretical work on space, place, and agency. Visit… more...

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Adaptation—Genuine and Spurious: Demystifying Adaptation Processes in Relation to Climate Change

Authors: Thomas F. Thornton and Nadia Manasfi Volume 1, Number 1 (2010) Abstract: In climate change discourse and policy, adaptation has become a critical byword and frame of reference. An implicit assumption in much of the strategizing is the notion that adaptation can be rationally planned, funded, and governed largely through existing frameworks. But can adaptation really be managed or engineered, especially given the significant unpredictability and severe impacts that are forecast in a range of climate scenarios? Over millennia, successful societies have adapted to climate shifts, but evidence suggests that this was often accompl ... Read more

Tags: adaptationArcticclimate changeculturedevelopmentIndigenous peoplesvulnerabilityThomas F. ThorntonNadia Manasfi

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Volume 8, Number 1 (2017)

  1. Introduction: Measurements and Metrics [Free to all readers!]

    Dan Brockington
  2. Systematic Review of Recent Social Indicator Efforts in US Coastal and Ocean Ecosystems (2000-2016)

    Victoria C. Ramenzoni and David Yoskowitz
  3. A Crystal Ball for Forests? Analyzing the Social-Ecological Impacts of Forest Conservation and Management over the Long Term [Open Access]

    Daniel C. Miller, Pushpendra Rana, and Catherine Benson Wahlén
  4. Culturally Grounded Indicators of Resilience in Social-Ecological Systems

    Eleanor Sterling et al.
  5. The Metrics of Making Ecosystem Services

    Pamela McElwee
  6. Natural Resources by Numbers: The Promise of “El uno por mil” in Ecuador’s Yasuní-ITT Oil Operations

    Amelia Fiskes
  7. Accounting for Loss in Fish Stocks: A Word on Life as Biological Asset

    Jennifer E. Telesca
  8. Parks, Proxies, and People: Ideology, Epistemology, and the Measurement of Human Population Growth on Protected Area Edges

    David M. Hoffman
  9. Temperature and Capital: Measuring the Future with Quantified Heat

    Scott W. Schwartz
  10. Review Essay: Is There a National Paradigm to Sustainable Development?

    Yves Laberge

 

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