Journal of Ecological Anthropology

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Vol. 17, No. 1, 2014

Hisat'sinom: Ancient Peoples in a Land without Water
Hisat'sinom: Ancient Peoples in a Land without Water Christian E. Downum (Editor) School for Advanced Research Press, Santa Fe, NM, 2012 196 pp. $59.95 Cloth, $24.95 PaperThis is a well-written and beautifully illustrated volume focusing on a relatively...
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Ignition Stories: Indigenous Fire Ecology in the Indo-Australian Monsoon Zone
Ignition Stories: Indigenous Fire Ecology in the Indo-Australian Monsoon Zone Cynthia Fowler Carolina Academic Press Ritual Studies Monograph Series, Durham, NC, 2013 302 pp. $38.00 paperback Reviewed by Michael R. CoughlanThe use and control of fire...
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Nature, Science, and Religion: Intersections Shaping Society and the Environment
Nature, Science, and Religion: Intersections Shaping Society and the Environment Catherine M. Tucker (Editor) School for Advanced Research Press, Santa Fe, NM, 2012 304 pp. $34.95 Paper Reviewed by James D. ProctorAny title that includes the terms nature,...
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Qualitative GIS: A Mixed Methods Approach
Qualitative GIS: A Mixed Methods Approach Meghan Cope and Sarah Elwood (Editors) Sage Publications, Los Angeles, CA, 2009 x + 182 Pp. $64.00 Paperback Reviewed by Rudo Kemper"Qualitative GIS - isn't that kind of an oxymoron?" This comment from a colleague...
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Religion and Sustainability: Social Movements and the Politics of the Environment
Religion and Sustainability: Social Movements and the Politics of the Environment Lucas F. Johnston Equinox Publishing Ltd., Sheffield, UK, 2013 x + 273 Pp. Hardcover $99.95, Paperback $29.95 Reviewed by Leslie E. SponselMany may be surprised by the...
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Vol. 11, No. 1, 2007

Editor's Note
This volume of the Journal of Ecological Anthropology includes a new feature. In our interest to share research findings in multiple and innovative ways, we have created "Data Notes." This feature allows for the publication of short articles that provide...
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The Muduga and Kurumba of Kerala, South India and the Social Organization of Hunting and Gathering
AbstractThis article examines the subsistence practices among the Muduga and Kurumba of Attappady in Kerala paying close attention to the socio-ecological basis of their economic activities. This facilitates an understanding of the close relationship...
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The Dimensions of Sustainability and the Neo-Entrepreneurial Adaptation Strategies in Reindeer Herding in Finland
AbstractCurrent public discourse in Finland concerning reindeer herding has focused on the overgrazing problem and conflicts between herding and competitive forms of land use. Both herders and government administrators agree on the problems of herding,...
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Influence of Hunter Adaptability on Resilience of Subsistence Hunting Systems
AbstractThe capacity of hunters to shape the fundamental properties of their lifestyle at times when extrinsic factors change the availability of subsistence foods is critical to subsistence cultures. Recent changes in deer hunting on Prince of Wales...
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Differentiating Livelihood Strategies among the Luo and Kipsigis People in Western Kenya
AbstractRural communities of sub-Saharan Africa are under increasing adaptive pressure resulting from decline in the quality of land resources. To increase food, generate income, and safeguard against risks and shocks, families are engaging in multiple...
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Seeking Women's Participation in Ethnoecological Fieldwork
IntroductionAs studies increasingly show differences in human experiences according to sex and gender, researchers are recognizing the importance of equitable gender representation of research participants. In studies of traditional ecological knowledge,...
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Tribal Dependence on Fly Ash in Korba
IntroductionFly ash, a by-product from power plants, is a powdery gray material that is stored in large ash dykes or ponds. This ash is used in making bricks and in cement factories. Fly ash is considered to be a major pollution problem as it is dispersed...
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River of Love in an Age of Pollution: The Yamuna River of Northern India
River of Love in an Age of Pollution: The Yamuna River of Northern India DAVID HABERMAN UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA PRESS, BERKELEY, CA, 2006 xv + 277 PP. $26.95 PAPERBACKREVIEWED BY PRATYUSHA BASUAs human-induced environmental problems take on global proportions,...
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Generative Social Science: Studies in Agent-Based Computational Modeling
Generative Social Science: Studies in Agent-Based Computational Modeling JOSHUA M. EPSTEIN PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS, PRINCETON, NJ, 2007 352 PP. CLOTH $49.50REVIEWED BY ERIC C. JONESThis book calls for a generative social science. Generative social...
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Do Glaciers Listen? Local Knowledge, Colonial Encounters, and Social Imagination
Do Glaciers Listen? Local Knowledge, Colonial Encounters, and Social Imagination JULIE CRUIKSHANK UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA PRESS, VANCOUVER, BC, 2005 328 PP. $32.95 PAPERBACKREVIEWED BY REBECCA K. ZARGERThis fascinating book weaves together a study...
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Vol. 10, No. 1, 2006

Tax Policy and Swine Production in Iowa, United States
AbstractThis paper examines county level decision-making regarding swine confinement permits in Iowa. The case study follows a 2003 Iowa State Legislature ruling that gives county supervisors the option to adopt a detailed Department of Natural Resources...
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How Do Aesthetics Affect Our Ecology?
AbstractBeauty is a powerful force that affects both our emotions and our ecological practices, yet aesthetic values remain understated and under-discussed in ecology. Here we invite discussion about the influence of beauty on ecological research by...
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Evolutionary Universal Aesthetics in Ecological Rationality
AbstractWe contend that individual reactions to universal aesthetics were critical in adapting human brain structure and evolutionary cognition. Emotional responses to aesthetics and reflexive judgments by prehistoric people may have evolved an ecological...
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Measuring the Costs and Benefits of Conservation to Local Communities
Paradigms of community-based conservation that emerged in the 1990s proposed to link the twin goals of conservation and sustainable development under a single rubric. This was and is a very sexy idea, linking as it does the protection of biodiversity...
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Waiting for Wolves in Japan: An Anthropological Study of People-Wildlife Relations
Waiting for Wolves in Japan: An Anthropological Study of People-Wildlife Relations JOHN KNIGHT OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, OXFORD, UK, 2003. 296 PP. $99.00 HARDCOVERREVIEWED BY JOHN M. MARZLUFFThe Japanese people have shared their land with a diverse community...
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Conservation and Globalization: A Study of National Parks and Indigenous Communities from East Africa to South Dakota
Conservation and Globalization: A Study of National Parks and Indigenous Communities from East Africa to South Dakota. JIM IGOE "WADSWORTH/THOMSON LEARNING, BELMONT, CA, 2004. xii + 183 PP. $26.95 PAPERBACKREVIEWED BY JENNIFER COFFMANThe front cover...
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Culture, Climate and the Environment: Local Knowledge and Perception of Climate Change among Apple Growers in Northwestern India
AbstractHuman societies in mountainous areas have evolved specific ways of dealing with the constraints imposed by the environment. A number of anthropological studies have documented the existence of practices that can be considered adaptive in the...
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Politics of Environmentalism and Ecological Knowledge at the Intersection of Local and Global Processes
AbstractThis article scrutinizes the intersection of globalized and localized environmentalism in Lajes do Pico, Azores, Portugal, at the historical juncture when whale-watching superseded whale hunting in this village. In so doing, the article explains...
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Black Churchgoers, Environmental Activism and the Preservation of Nature in Miami, Florida
AbstractThis paper examines connections in three case studies of Black churchgoers in Miami and their views toward the natural environment, from environmental attitudes to activism. There were four major findings in the research. First, there is a link...
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Vol. 9, No. 1, 2005

Property Mosaic and State-Making: Governmentality, Expropriation and Conservation in the Pyrenees
AbstractThis article identifies the current explosion of conservation policies in the Pyrenees as the most recent wave of a long-standing tradition of state-driven territorial policies. The very existence of these policies cannot be understood without...
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Migration and Home Gardens in the Brahmaputra Valley, Assam, India
AbstractThe Brahmaputra is the largest river system in northeast India. Its valley, in the State of Assam, is home to the Assamese people, indigenous Mishing and Karbi tribes, and Kaziranga National Park. A spectacular array of wildlife shares the floodplain...
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Cultural Coevolution: How the Human Bond with Crows and Ravens Extends Theory and Raises New Questions
IntroductionHuman culture reflects our natural world. Caves in modern day France are richly decorated with 30,000-year-old images of animals and their connection to the artist's beliefs. For 10,000 years, Native Americans organized their societies around...
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Ecological Sustainability: A New Look at an Old Paradigm
IntroductionThis paper identifies the Resource Buffer Theory, which articulates the pattern of the asymmetric distribution of resources in our biophysical environment1. The paper discusses the theory's development, connections, complications, utility,...
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Choosing Your Baseline Carefully: Integrating Historical and Political Ecology in the Evaluation of Environmental Intervention Projects
AbstractEnvironmental intervention projects aim to re-engineer the cultural landscape. Entering at a particular moment in time, such projects commonly produce a "baseline" analysis. This analysis captures elements in the environment that are later compared...
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Weaving Traditional Ecological Knowledge into the Restoration of Basketry Plants
AbstractThis paper focuses on the benefits of incorporating traditional ecological knowledge into the field of ecological restoration. Case studies on indigenous use of sweetgrass in New York State, U.S.A (Haudenosaunee Nation), and beargrass in Washington...
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Conservation: Linking Ecology, Economics and Culture
Conservation: Linking Ecology, Economics and Culture MONIQUE BORGERHOFF MULDER AND PETER COPPOLILLO PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS, PRINCETON, 2005 xvii + 347 PP. $79.50 HARDCOVER, $39.50 PAPERBACKThis is an ambitious book. Its bold tide alone portends much...
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The Power of the Machine: Global Inequalities of Economy, Technology, and Environment
The Power of the Machine: Global Inequalities of Economy, Technology, and Environment ALF HORNBORG ALTAMIRA PRESS, WALNUT CREEK, CALIFORNIA, 2001 264 PP. $75.00 HARDCOVER, $29.95 PAPERBACKHornborg's book-a seamlessly organized collection of his previously...
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The End of Oil: On the Edge of a Perilous New World
The End of Oil: On the Edge of a Perilous New World PAUL ROBERTS HOUGHTON MIFFLIN, BOSTON, 2004 399 PP. $25.00 HARDCOVER, $14.00 PAPERBACKThe End of Oil is a semi-popular book written by an investigative journalist. Why should such a book be reviewed...
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Vol. 8, 2004

Conceptualizing Nature: The Politics Behind Allocating and Utilizing Native Forest Resources in New Zealand
AbstractThis paper explores the political ecological basis behind events in New Zealand's sustainable harvesting regime of native forest species on public land. The case study centers on the mandate of the 1999 newly elected Labour-led government to...
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Contested Nature: Promoting International Biodiversity with Social Justice in the Twenty-First Century
Contested Nature: Promoting International Biodiversity with Social Justice in the Twenty-First Century STEVEN BRECHIN, PETER WILSHUSEN, CRYSTAL FORTWANGLER, AND PATRICK WEST (EDITORS) STATE UNIVERSITY PRESS OF NEW YORK, ALBANY, 2003 321 PP. $59.50 HARDCOVER,...
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First Nations Perspectives on the Grasslands of the Interior of British Columbia
AbstractAlthough the First Nations Elders from the interior of southern British Columbia, Canada, recall times when grass was "belly-high to a horse," today they worry about the deteriorated state of the grasslands. Using ethnographic and historical...
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Northern Lacandon Maya Medicinal Plant Use in the Communities of Lacanja Chan Sayab and Naha', Chiapas, Mexico
AbstractThe Lacandon Maya are rainforest farmers who inhabit the tropical jungles of southern Mexico and Guatemala. They number approximately 700 individuals and practice a traditional system of agriculture that incorporates introduced plants and the...
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Material Culture and Sacred Landscape: The Anthropology of the Siberian Khanty
Material Culture and Sacred Landscape: The Anthropology of the Siberian Khanty PETER JORDAN ALTAMIRA PRESS, WALNUT CREEK, CA, 2003 308 PP. $80 HARDCOVER, $29.95 PAPERBACKIt seems safe to assume that I am not the only archaeologist who experiences something...
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Lost Landscapes and Failed Economies: The Search for a Value of Place
Lost Landscapes and Failed Economies: The Search for a Value of Place THOMAS POWER ISLAND PRESS, WASHINGTON, DC, 1996 295 PP. $35.00 HARDCOVERWhile this book is firmly based in the rhetoric of academic economics, Powers local economies and popular folklore...
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Who Is an Environmentalist? the Polysemy of Environmentalist Terms and Correlated Environmental Actions
AbstractConducting and interpreting an interview is more problematic when informants use a word that has multiple meanings and interpretations. In this case, the problematic word, "environmentalist," labeled several socially-defined identities that were...
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The Hot and the Cold: Ills of Humans and Maize in Native Mexico
The Hot and the Cold: Ills of Humans and Maize in Native Mexico J. M. CHEVALIER AND A. SANCHEZ BAIN UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO PRESS, TORONTO, 2002 344 PP. $65.00 HARDCOVERIn The Hot and the Cold the authors enter an ongoing debate regarding the "humoral...
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Vol. 7, No. 1, 2003

The Unequal Exchange of Time and Space: Toward a Non-Normative Ecological Theory of Exploitation1
IntroductionIn this brief essay, I would like to address the topic of unequal exchange-one that recurs in Maurice Godelier's work and is a cornerstone of Marxian social theory. Many social scientists, looking at the world around them, are intuitively...
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Human Health Impacts of Forest Fires in the Southern United States: A Literature Review1
AbstractForestry management practices can shape patterns of health, illness, and disease. A primary goal for owners of federal, state, and private forests is to craft ecosystem management plans that simultaneously optimize forest health and human health....
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On Choosing a Fieldsite for Health Related Research
As anthropologists interested in applying our research to the improvement of health and quality of life, we often find ourselves in places rife with poverty, violence and environmental degradationnot to mention corruption, scandal and controversy. This...
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Building on Ostrom's "The Rudiments of a Theory of the Origins, Survival, and Performance of Common-Property Institutions"1
IntroductionAs our scientific theories mature, the models and frameworks we employ approach greater clarity. With this piece, I present a graphic model of Ostrom's (1992) The Rudiments of a Theory of the Origins, Survival, and Performance of CommonProperty...
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Pair-Bonding and the Evolutionary Trajectory of Homo: Disease Avoidance as an Adaptive Trait
AbstractAs the ancestors of both the great apes and humans began to separate into two lineages, several distinctions emerged and solidified for the separate genera. It is suggested here that the sequelae to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and subsequent...
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The Frontier Environment and Social Order
The Frontier Environment and Social Order MICHAEL REDCLIFT EDWARD ELGAR PUBLISHING, CHELTENHAM, UK, 2000. 128 PP. $65.00 HARDCOVER.The Canadian wild west of the mid-19th century-the Ottawa River and its tributaries-is the setting for Redclift's examination...
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Vol. 6, No. 1, 2002

Reply to Winterhalder's Behavioral and Other Human Ecologies: Critique, Response and Progress through Criticism1
IntroductionIn anthropology, the primary goal is understanding the human condition, what makes humans human or explaining human variation and change. To critically assess what a given theory has to offer anthropological attempts to understand the human...
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Creative Collaboration: A Partial Primer for the Social Intellect
Field journal excerpt 1-2 November 2001, Sierra Tarahumara, Mexico2Catalina invited me to stay at her house for the Day of the Dead as she prepared tesgüino and killed two chickens for her husband who died six years ago. She lives with several teenaged...
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Ecological Health Movement in Lebanon: An Overview of Alternative Culture in a Developing Country
AbstractAn ecological health movement has emerged in Lebanon in reaction to problems in the mainstream health care system, to environmental conditions affecting agriculture and food sources, and to urbanization. The movement parallels similar developments...
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Animals and Plants of the Ancient Maya: A Guide
Animals and Plants of the Ancient Maya: A Guide VICTORIA SCHLESINGER, WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY JUAN C. CHAB-MEDINA UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS PRESS, 2001. 373 PP., $29.92 PAPERBACK, $70.00 HARDCOVER.Animals and Plants of the Ancient Maya is an impressive synthesis...
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Errata
A word was mistakenly omitted from Suzanne Joseph's article "Anthropological Evolutionary Ecology: A Critique" (JEA Vol. 4, pp. 6-30). In the last sentence on page 19, the phrase that reads ". . . of behavior caused . . ." should read ". . . of behavior...
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Behavioral and Other Human Ecologies: Critique, Response and Progress through Criticism
ARTICLESAbstractThis paper has three goals: (1) to define the anthropological subfield of human behavioral ecology (HBE) and characterize recent progress in this research tradition; (2) to address Joseph's (2000) critique of HBE from the perspective...
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Market Integration and the Distribution of Ecological Knowledge within an Ecuadorian Fishing Community
AbstractScholars typically depict traditional ecological knowledge as a vanishing resource, negatively correlated with the capitalization of a community. The default view also tends to conceptualize such knowledge as one cohesive system, unitarily responsive...
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Wild Plant Classification in Little Dixie: Variation in a Regional Culture
AbstractThis study examines the relation between folk expertise and wild plant classification in Little Dixie, a seven-county vernacular cultural region in central Missouri. A successive pile-sort task was administered to ten local wild plant "experts"...
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The Evolution of Human Sociality: A Darwinian Conflict Perspective
The Evolution of Human Sociality: A Darwinian Conflict Perspective STEPHEN K. SANDERSON ROWMAN AND LITTLEFIELD PUBLISHERS, LANHAM, MARYLAND, 2001. 416 PP. $32.95 PAPER, $89.00 CLOTH.Broad-ranging perspectives uniting biological ecology and human ecology...
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Vol. 5, 2001

Method for Theory: A Prelude to Human Ecosystems
INSCRIPTION ON A BRIDGE AT THE SUMMER PALACE OF THE FORMER EMPERORS OF CHINATHERE ARE THREE MONKEYS WHO CANNOT SEE THEIR FACES.THERE IS A BRIDGE BUT NO WATER.THERE ARE WINDOWS BUT THEY DO NOT OPEN.THERE IS A TABLET BUT NO WORDS.THERE IS A MIRROR BUT...
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Vol. 4, 2000

Human Taste and Cognition in Tzeltal Maya Medicinal Plant Use
AbstractResults of recent research strongly suggest that people find beneficial phytochemicals by selecting plants to use as medicinals and that taste plays a major role in this process. The research reported here involved an experiment performed with...
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The Significance of the Category 'Insect' for Folk Biological Classification Systems
AbstractIn most human societies, the term 'insect' denotes a category that includes organisms other than those of the Linnaean class Insecta, such as bats, snakes, toads, spiders, lizards, scorpions, and slugs. Such a pattern of ethnozoological classification...
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The Sphere of the Mind: Reviving the Noösphere Concept for Ecological Anthropology1
As we enter the 21st Century with the words "globalization," "world development" and "global extinctions" ringing in our ears, it behooves us to revitalize a concept that has lain dormant for a while. The "noosphere," broadly interpreted, is the world...
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The Conceptual Utility of Models in Human Ecology
AbstractAnthropology and bioecology are currently at a point in their development where researchers in both fields are working towards an integration, which can be described as a form of human ecology. Integration of such disparate disciplines is not...
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Preface
Is it possible to have progress in anthropology without revolution? Thomas Kuhn's description of scientific revolutions helps provide a framework for understanding what happens, or perhaps fails to happen, in our discipline. In Kuhn's description of...
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Anthropological Evolutionary Ecology: A Critique
AbstractThe goal of this paper is to critically evaluate Anthropological Evolutionary Ecology (AEE) as a paradigm by utilizing the method for theory framework developed by Pickett et al. (1994). While AEE can contribute in some ways to our understanding...
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Tourism, Globalization, and a Multi-Sited Approach to Fieldwork in Nepal
AbstractSocial researchers must recognize that their field sites are not isolated entities that can be understood by way of an in-depth, single-site approach, but rather that field sites are nodes in a continuum of social, economic, and environmental...
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