History and Scope of Environmental Anthropology

Authored by: Eduardo Brondízio , Ryan T. Adams , Stefano Fiorini

Routledge Handbook of Environmental Anthropology

Print publication date:  August  2016
Online publication date:  August  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138782877
eBook ISBN: 9781315768946
Adobe ISBN: 9781317667964

10.4324/9781315768946.ch2

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Abstract

Environmental Anthropology is the general designation for the anthropological investigation of human–environment relationships. This area of research consists of a wide range of interests at various levels of analysis ranging from adaptation and resource management to environmental values and religion; from cognition and perception to global climate change; from conservation initiatives and their impacts upon populations to urban environments; from human rights and social justice to international agreements, and the list goes on. This rainbow of foci is the product of discussion, debate, and interdisciplinary cross-fertilization over the last 100 years, in the course of which paradigms have risen and fallen while the social, economic, and cultural context has shifted with respect to both the practice of anthropology and the nature of human–environment relationships.

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