Multi-Species Entanglements, Anthropology, and Environmental Health Justice

Authored by: Melanie Rock

Routledge Handbook of Environmental Anthropology

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

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


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In medical anthropology, environments tend to be treated as background or context. Further, medical anthropologists often imply that environments consist of inert spaces occupied by humans, rather than as lively places that are also inhabited by non-human species. It is no wonder, then, that anthropologists who care deeply about environments or multi-species interactions have tended to work in subfields other than medical anthropology. This state of affairs, however, is changing as medical anthropologists and allied researchers concern themselves with multi-species interactions, hierarchies, and ecologies during fieldwork and in their writings (Green 2012; Hinchliffe 2015; Rock et al. 2007; Rock et al. 2009; Singer 2009; Singer et al. 2011). The growing popularity of the term ‘entanglement’ relates to these trends (Nading 2013).

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