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Reading Rousseau in the Anthropocene

Danielle DiNovelli-Lang

I’m a critical environmental anthropologist, which means I make my living by having serious doubts about every term in this aspirational self-description. Writing and teaching under such a sign has always been hard, but it’s gotten even harder lately, for painfully obvious reasons. For example, this semester, for the second time, I am teaching a […]

New Featured Article!: “Anthropological Engagement with the Anthropocene”

The latest Environment and Society featured article is now available! This month’s article, “Anthropological Engagement with the Anthropocene: A Critical Review,” comes from Volume 6 (2015), a special issue on the Anthropocene. In their review of anthropology’s evolving engagement with the Anthropocene, HannahGibson and Sita Venkateswar contemplate multifarious approaches to research and discuss critical engagement discussed including […]

Let’s Look at Work Is Working with the Environment

Gigi Burke

Before you read this article, please take a moment to answer these questions: What is the biggest problem with environmental sustainability? What possibilities exist for environmental sustainability that we have not thought of yet? What did you notice about your feelings or thoughts as you answered these questions? Keep this in mind as you read […]

New Featured Article!: “The Promise of Solutions” Available as Free PDF

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 […]

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, 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Where the Grass Is Greener: The Case for Anthropology in an Age of Populist Sentiment

Richard Bargielski

In a presidential election year such as this, I as an American citizen am constantly inundated by the displays of political theater that have come to mark the quadrennial spectacle of our democracy: the conventions, photo ops, caricatures, impassioned speeches, and more. 2016 has been unique in that the specter of populism—which, to paraphrase Marx, […]

The Art of Seeing: Grasping More-Than-Human Plant Worlds beyond Objectified “Nature”

Katja Neves

As a Gregory Bateson scholar, I have long been fascinated with the notion that art and science might complement one another in the effort to bring forth, understand, and represent the “wholeness” of our more-than-human worlds. Far from pantheistic, Bateson’s notion of wholeness refers to the complex, nonlinear, multiscale relationships by means of which organisms, […]

Nicole Peterson: Challenges for Urban Food Access in an Era of Big Data

When standing in the middle of the transit hub in Charlotte, the noise of buses and passengers overwhelms the senses. Over twenty bays serve at least that many bus lines, and the roof amplifies brake sounds, honking, engine noises, and chatter. My students astutely suggested that interviews would be nearly impossible to record. But over […]

A Political Ecology of Za’atar

Brian Boyd

The 2016 issue of Environment and Society focuses on “Plants and Peoples.” In some of the humanities and social sciences, human-plant studies, like those of human-animal relations, are perhaps in danger of being subsumed by the broader rubric of a multispecies approach to ecological assemblages. Perhaps this will be a fruitful path to take, but […]

New Featured Article!: “Contradictions in Tourism” Available as Free PDF

The latest Environment and Society featured article is now available! This month’s article, “Contradictions in Tourism: The Promise and Pitfalls of Ecotourism as a Manifold Capitalist Fix,” comes from Volume 3 (2012). Robert Fletcher and Katja Neves review an interdisciplinary literature exploring the relationship between tourism and capitalism focused on ecotourism in particular. Visit the featured article page to […]

Haiti Is Covered with Trees

Andrew Tarter

Haiti has been the unfortunate recipient of many an exaggerated moniker, including the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, the Republic of NGOs, and the most deforested country in the Americas—to name just a few. Concerning this latter label, virtually every single popular media description, development narrative, and academic account addressing deforestation in Haiti over […]

Superfoods: The Impacts of Marketing “Nutrient Powerhouses” on Edge-Dwellers

Amber Abrams

Superfoods and superfruits are terms we have increasingly become accustomed to. Although these terms are variably defined (click here, or here, or here), as their names suggests, these are foods that are marketed as being nutrient rich. In fact, one website touts these foods as “ancient abundant energy,” claiming that they provide the “planet’s best […]

New Featured Article!: “Mapping the Food Movement” Available as Free PDF

The latest Environment and Society featured article is now available! This month’s article, “Mapping the Food Movement: Addressing Inequality and Neoliberalism,” comes from Volume 2 (2011). Teresa Marie Mares and Alison Hope Alkon bring together academic literature tracing contemporary social movements centered on food, unpacking the discourses of local food, community food security, food justice, and food sovereignty. […]

Can We Hear Them Now? Listening to Inuit Voices in Arctic Policy and Research

Megan Sheremata

Despite action in Paris, we still need to listen to Inuit peoples in climate change research to better inform decision-making in the years to come Arctic Indigenous peoples have thrived under some of the globe’s most extreme environmental conditions. Despite the dramatic impacts of climate change on the Canadian Arctic, which is occurring at twice […]

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 […]

Hope for “Just Resilience” on Earth Day

Nathan Jessee

This post is presented in this week’s series recognizing Earth Day, Friday, April 22. This Is Trauma “This is trauma,” suggested one facilitator as the sun set over a planning meeting for the Isle de Jean Charles band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Tribe – Lowlander Center Resettlement held in January of this year. In a community space raised […]

The Trouble with Bats: Valuing Urban Naturecultures

Jessica Caporusso

This post is presented in this week’s series recognizing Earth Day, Friday, April 22. “Qu’est-ce qu’on va faire à propos des chauves-souris?” What are we going to do about the bats? I sit among a small cluster of locals and expats as we sip on coffee and soft drinks sweetened by locally grown sugarcane. We are […]

Kiribati and Climate Change: The Untold Story

Mike Roman

This post is presented in this week’s series recognizing Earth Day, Friday, April 22. On 16 November 1989, Kiribati Minister of Home Affairs and Decentralization Babera Kirata addressed the general forum at the Small Island States Conference on Sea Level Rise in Malé Island. Highlighting his nation’s concern over the emerging greenhouse effect theory, he stated: […]

Why Won’t “Overpopulation” (Finally) Go Away?

Robert Fletcher

This post is presented in this week’s series recognizing Earth Day, Friday, April 22. The age-old specter of “overpopulation,” it seems, is back in vogue among environmentalists once more. “Our population,” writes celebrity biologist E.O. Wilson on the first page of his new book Half-Earth, “is too large for safety and comfort.” Celebrity economist Jeffrey Sachs […]

A Research Question: Bees, Theories, and Whether Posthumanism Comes to Matter

Daksha Madhu Rajagopalan

In responding to Eduardo Kohn’s recent scholarship on How Forests Think, Bruno Latour has written: The test is still to come: how could an ethnographer … equipped with such a philosophical anthropology find ways to make his or her ontological claims understood in negotiating what a forest is made of, when faced with forestry engineers, […]

Anthropocene Science: There May Be Trouble Ahead

Noel Castree

Now and then scientists act in concert to speak truth to power. Back in the 1970s, for example, they invented and used the idea of a “nuclear winter,” which became a semantic weapon that helped de-escalate the Cold War arms race between the communist countries and members of NATO. Today the daily war against Earth […]

New Featured Article!: “Origins, Uses, and Transformation of Extinction Rhetoric” Available as Free PDF

The latest Environment and Society featured article is now available! This month’s article, “Origins, Uses, and Transformation of Extinction Rhetoric,” comes from Volume 1 (2010). Richard Ladle and Paul Jepson trace the historical origins of the extinction concept and discuss its power to influence policies, agendas, and behaviors. Visit the featured article page to download your copy […]

Public Statement on Zika Virus in Puerto Rico

Society for Medical Anthropology's Zika Interest Group

This essay was originally published on Savage Minds on 15 March 2016. This call to action was written by Adriana Garriga-López, Ph.D. (Kalamazoo College), and Shir Lerman, M.A., M.P.H., PhD Candidate (University of Connecticut), with Jessica Mulligan, Ph.D. (Providence College), Alexa Dietrich, Ph.D., M.P.H. (Wagner College), Carlos E. Rodríguez-Díaz, PhD, MPHE, MCHES (University of Puerto […]

“Something Wicked This Way Comes”: Energy, Modernities, and the AnthropoScene

Sarah Strauss

The verdict of the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is clear: we are the dominant species on this planet, and our documented role in the global system gives many (but not all) confidence that the Anthropocene is well named. We need to understand the interactions, impacts, and development […]

A Conversation on Climate Change in the Papua New Guinea Islands

Patrick Nason and John Aini

Ranguva Solwara Skul, Kaselok Village, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea Participants: Sekunda Aini, Michael Tarere, Ambrose Kolmaris, Hagar Boskuru, Bernard Miller Silakau, Wilson Tonias, GomanMatas On 13 December 2015, the authors and participants gathered at the headquarters of Ailan Awareness, a locally owned environmental NGO in New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, to talk […]

New Featured Article!: “Transforming Participatory Science” Available as Free PDF

The latest Environment and Society featured article is now available! This month’s article, “Transforming Participatory Science into Socioecological Praxis,” comes from Volume 5 (2014). Brian J. Burke and Nik Heynen evaluate the participatory traditions of citizen science and sustainability science, finding that they often fall short of the transformative potential because they do not directly confront the […]

Working With, Part II: On the Work of Collaboration in Coastal Alaska

Karen Hébert with Danielle DiNovelli-Lang

“Please join me and stand with the bears!” So ends a recent e-mail I received from an environmental organization campaigning to curtail old-growth logging in Southeast Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. The Tongass is the United States’ largest national forest and encompasses most of the land in Southeast Alaska. In November, the US Forest Service released […]

Solar, Sustainability, and Strategies in Sarawak

June Rubis

The orang solar (“solar men”) are finally here. The longhouse community has been lit in a pleasant buzz since awaiting the arrival of the technicians (described by my adoptive parents, as “orang solar”) who would install new solar panels. The week prior, the available men in the longhouse had worked every day on building the […]

Olgeta Meri Igat Raits? (All Women Have Rights?)

Aletta Biersack

The “David and Goliath” story Stuart Kirsch tells in Mining Capitalism (2014)—of global underdogs triumphing over a powerful mining company, aided and abetted by Global North activists—is replicated in another story from Papua New Guinea (PNG), albeit concerning a different mine: the Porgera gold mine in the PNG highlands, the country’s second largest mine (Columbia-Harvard […]

Regeneration of Human-Modified Landscapes: The Irony of Antipathy to Resilient Animals

Joanna E. Lambert

You hear a lot about resilience these days—for good reason. Our planet is undergoing profound ecological and climatological change, and we are now unequivocally in a geochemically distinct epoch (Anthropocene) with its own unique signature of human-produced aluminum, concrete, and plastics—direct by-products of the “Great Acceleration of population growth, industrialization, and mineral and energy use” […]

New Featured Article!: “Introduced & Invasive Animals” Available as Free PDF Download

The latest Environment and Society featured article is now available! This month’s article, “Untangling Introduced and Invasive Animals,” comes from Volume 4 (2013). Crystal Fortwangler explores introduced and invasive species, untangling the ways disciplinary frameworks across the social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities examine introduced and invasive species and their relations with human societies. Visit the featured article page […]

Supermythologies and Superenvironments

Jamon Halvaksz

I’ve been thinking a lot about superheroes and their worlds. This past term I taught a class, The Anthropology of Superheroes, where the big question posed was, “How can we study superheroes as anthropologists?” In addition to reading graphic novels and discussing cosplay and real-life superheroes, we also did collaborative event ethnography (Brosius and Campbell […]

Copses of Corpses: Uneasy Synecdoche and Nonhuman Suffering of Climate Change

Karen Holmberg

This post is the final in a series on the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) held in Paris, France, from 30 November to 12 December 2015. The suffering of trees suddenly bothers me. As a child, I had a close friendship with a tree. I did not anthropomorphize him in the least; he […]

There Is No Planet B: A Message from NYU’s Gallatin Global Design Professors – Part 2

Peder Anker, Louise Harpman, Mitchell Joachim

This post is part of a series on the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) held in Paris, France, from 30 November to 12 December 2015. Part 1 can be found here. For the latest on the Gallatin professors’ initiatives, be sure to follow Global Design NYU on Twitter. In advocating Global Design, we do […]

There Is No Planet B: A Message from NYU’s Gallatin Global Design Professors – Part 1

Peder Anker, Louise Harpman, Mitchell Joachim

This post is part of a series on the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) held in Paris, France, from 30 November to 12 December 2015. Part 2 can be found here. For the latest on the Gallatin professors’ initiatives, be sure to follow Global Design NYU on Twitter. NYU’s Gallatin Professors Stake Out a […]

Climate Change and Disenfranchisement: A View from Fiji

Joshua Drew

This post is part of a series on the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) held in Paris, France, from 30 November to 12 December 2015. “Right up here you’ll see the point they landed on.” I’m walking along a karst limestone ridge covered in luxurious vegetative growth. I’m in the village of Nagigi […]

Understanding the “Success” and “Failure” of COP21

J.C. Salyer

This post is part of a series on the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) held in Paris, France, from 30 November to 12 December 2015. How should we interpret the outcome of COP21 from Paris? Antonio Gramsci was fond of advising that one maintain “pessimism of the intellect, optimism of the will.” This […]

New Open Access Article from Environment and Society!

“Less Than One But More than Many: Anthropocene as Science Fiction and Scholarship-in-the-Making” By Heather Anne Swanson, Nils Bubandt, and Anna Tsing ABSTRACT: How might one responsibly review a field just coming into being—such as that provoked by the term Anthropocene? In this article, we argue for two strategies. First, working from the premise that the […]

Call for Papers!: Thematic Focus – Measurement and Metrics

The editors of Environment and Society are accepting papers for its forthcoming issue, Volume 8, in 2017 with a thematic focus on Measurement and Metrics. See the attached announcement for more details on the theme and submission deadlines.

Socio-Environmental Disasters and Resilience Approaches

Jerry K. Jacka

In April 2015, the rains stopped coming to the New Guinea Highlands—a result of the current El Niño impacting the planet. A few months later in August, the inevitable frosts arrived that also accompany El Niños. What few crops were struggling to survive in people’s gardens were utterly decimated by the frosts, for while people […]

New Featured Article!: “Fisheries Privatization” Available as a Free PDF Download

The latest Environment and Society featured article is now available! This month’s article, “Fisheries Privatization and the Remaking of Fishery Systems,” comes from Volume 3 (2012). Courtney Carothers and Catherine Chambers examine specific examples of how nature-society relationships among people, oceans, and fish are remade as privatization policies take root in fishery systems. Visit the featured article […]

Working Dreams: Organic Farming in the Midwest and Mexico

Molly Doane

Liz Lane lights up when I ask her about her seeds. Every year she selects some old reliables and a few new heirloom varieties to try. She is one of my research informants but also my farmer—her vegetables and assorted odd heirloom melons supply my table. Liz and her husband, Mike, farm in southwestern Wisconsin, […]

New Featured Article!: “Nature’s Market?” Available as a Free PDF Download

The latest Environment and Society featured article is now available! This month’s article, “Nature’s Market? A Review of Organic Certification,” comes from Volume 2 (2011). Shaila Seshia Galvin takes a critical look at literature on organic certification from diverse national and regional contexts while incorporating her own extensive fieldwork with organic smaller holders in north India. Photo: U.S. Department […]

New Issue of Environment and Society!

Environment and Society Volume 6 is now available from Berghahn Journals! To access all of the articles of this issue that specifically focuses on the Anthropocene, visit the journal’s website here. The following is an excerpt from Amelia Moore’s introduction to this issue, available as a free PDF download: The Anthropocene is everywhere in academia. There […]

Heritage, the Ship of Theseus, and the Song of Homer

Iain Davidson

What would we say if we heard that the troops from two countries working together were hell-bent on destroying the heritage monuments of a third? In addition to the human lives they took, they destroyed one of the most beautiful groups of buildings in the region, steeped in historical significance. As they did so, they […]

Conservation Tourism in Bonaire

Caroline Lowe

On a map with street names, Buddy Dive Resort is on Kaya Gobernador Nicolaas Debrot, but chances are directions will include some hand waving and a “you can’t miss it, it’s the big yellow one.” On Monday nights at Blennies Restaurant and Bar (conveniently located within Buddy Dive Resort), there is a presentation on coral […]

Taste Environments: Linking Agrobiodiversity and Food Security in the Bolivian Andes

Alder Keleman Saxena

In the first farming settlement of the [Andean] cold country I should place emphasis on the second-rate tuber crops—oca, ulluco, and añu … They are inferior in food value and in yield to potatoes, but are maintained in cultivation by highland Indians from Colombia to Peru and are grown in the same fields as potatoes. […]

Spillover Anthropology: Multispecies Epidemiology and Ethnography

Genese Marie Sodikoff

In November 2014, Madagascar was hit by a major outbreak of bubonic plague. Its epicenter was in Amparafaravola, a midsize town with a hospital staff that was caught off guard. Public outreach was slow and disorganized, dispensaries were understocked with antibiotics, and people did not believe the new fever was the actual plague … until […]

The EU should advocate a demand-reduction approach to tackling the global ivory trade

Rosaleen Duffy

This post originally appeared on the European Politics and Polity (EUROPP) blog but was reprinted here with permission from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Illegal hunting and trade in wildlife have been increasingly prevalent in news and policy dialogue, becoming an ever more important part of conservation issues. The EnviroSociety editors have […]

Sustainability: Beyond Natural Resources

Melanie Ford

As a student of the University of California, I have been fortunate to engage in scholarly discussion in classrooms, offices, and outdoor campus spaces with students and professors from multiple disciplines. The University of California has not only provided me with a well-rounded education but has also encouraged me to seek opportunities to delve deeper […]

Antonin Scalia and the Environmental Politics of Human Health

Richard Bargielski

Picture an environmentalist. What comes to mind for you? For some, the word evokes an image of radicals marching through city streets to protest public policies. For others, they think of “tree huggers” who chain themselves to trunks and branches in an effort to prevent deforestation. Next, think of how the word environmentalism makes you […]

FREE sample issue of Environment and Society!

In celebration of World Environment Day, Berghahn Journals is delighted to offer free access to a virtual journal issue of Environment and Society: Advances in Research, Volume 1. And don’t forget that Berghahn Books is also offering a 25% discount on all Environmental Studies titles for the next 30 days. At checkout, simply enter the code WED15. As always, […]

The Environment and Military Conflict: A Critical Review of the Environmental Security Discourse in the Himalaya

Alka Sabharwal

Recently, wide-ranging claims have been made about the relationship between the environmental change in the Himalaya and Indian national security, providing space for a broader debate concerning the concept and practice of environmental security. It has been claimed in the environmental security discourse that the climate change and resource scarcity in Himalaya threaten national security […]

World Environment Day 2015

World Environment Day is held each year on June 5. It is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations (UN) stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action. To mark this year’s observation, Berghahn Books is pleased to showcase new and forthcoming titles in its Environmental Studies range. Each […]

The FoxNewsization of GMOs

Glenn Davis Stone

When I first began to look at the issue of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) several years ago, my interest was in the larger contexts of their development and spread, as well as their impacts on the Global South. But the developments in the Global South are very much a part of the GMO story back […]

Happy Earth Day from EnviroSociety!

Special Virtual Journal Issue on Climate Change

In celebration of Earth Day, Berghahn Journals is delighted to offer free access to a special virtual journal issue that focuses on climate change and features articles from a range of history, politics, and anthropology journals—including EnviroSociety’s very own Environment and Society: Advances in Research. As always, EnviroSociety offers free access to all five volumes’ introductions, which […]

Working With

Danielle DiNovelli-Lang with Karen Hébert

One of the ways my professors in graduate school modeled the nebulous territory of contemporary anthropological ethics was to consistently refer to their incalculably diverse ethnographic subjects as those whom they “work[ed] with.” This was instead of referring to things they “work[ed] on,” but also instead of the perhaps disingenuous word “interlocutors” (Said 1988) or […]

Toxic Ecologies of Occupation

Brian Boyd, Hamed Salem, Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins

Brian Boyd: In June 2012, with a small group of Palestinian colleagues, I entered the Wadi en-Natuf in Palestine for the first time since 2000. In June 2000, it looked like this: Since 2000, I have been involved in an archaeological project centered in and around the small (population 4,500) Palestinian town of Shuqba in […]

Building Bridges to Where?: Sustainability Collaborations and the Arts of Ethnography

Nicole Peterson

I was in a group of ten or so engineers, business representatives, nonprofit workers, and a government employee, discussing whether we could develop a definition of social sustainability, which we understood as the third and neglected leg of the sustainability “stool” of environment, economics, and society. Like some other topics, it seemed that while we […]

The “Three Cultures” Problem in Global Change Research

Noel Castree

Has academic life become notably less balkanized since C. P. Snow delivered his famous “two cultures” lecture in 1959? Apparently not. In this week’s issue of Science (6 March 2015) appears an article extolling the virtues of the humanities. It argues that scientists too often define research problems narrowly, leading to technical “solutions” that address […]

Problematizing Protected Areas by Introducing Edge-Dwellers

Amber Abrams

Similar to botanic gardens, protected areas such as nature reserves or game parks often appear as quaint institutions that are useful for public education and entertainment, not to mention their centrality to environmental conservation efforts. Indeed, nature reserves, safari parks, and marine protected areas are places that people flock to for holiday adventures. Visitors revel […]

Anthropology, the Anthropocene, and the Military

Andrew Bickford

In recent months, the United States Department of Defense spoke out on climate change. While many seemed surprised that the DoD had quietly been thinking about and planning for the effects of climate, the US military’s concern for weather conditions and climate change is actually nothing new. Military strategy has always tried to take into […]

Reproducing Empire, Subverting Hegemony?: Botanic Gardens in Biodiversity Conservation

Katja Neves

Botanic gardens are often perceived as quaint institutions that host and display exotic plants for public education and entertainment purposes. Many people think of botanic gardens as living plant museums that attest to earlier times of botanical exploration and scientific discovery. Others see them as sites of respite from the hectic pace of modern living. […]

Dangerous Knowledge and Global Environmental Change: Whose Epistemologies Count?

Noel Castree

The question of how the social sciences and humanities ought to relate to science, technology, engineering, and medicine (STEM) subjects is a recurrent one. It’s become a burning question in the world of “global change science” of late because the scope, scale, and magnitude of the human impact on Earth is unprecedented. Groups of otherwise […]

Introducing EnviroSociety

Paige West

The scholarly journal Environment and Society was founded with a specific goal in mind: to bring the environmentally focused research, analysis, and theory building from the social sciences—particularly anthropology, human geography, sociology, and political science—to an audience who might not read the flagship journals of our various disciplines, but would, nevertheless, benefit from knowing about […]