Environmental Anthropology studies historic and present human-environment interactions. This volume illustrates the ways in which today's environmental anthropologists are constructing new paradigms for understanding the multiplicity of players, pressures, and ecologies in every environment, and the value of cultural knowledge of landscapes.

This Handbook provides a comprehensive survey of contemporary topics in environmental anthropology and thorough discussions on the current state and prospective future of the field in seven key sections. As the contributions to this Handbook demonstrate, the subfield of environmental anthropology is responding to cultural adaptations and responses to environmental changes in multiple and complex ways. As a discipline concerned primarily with human-environment interaction, environmental anthropologists recognize that we are now working within a pressure cooker of rapid environmental damage that is forcing behavioural and often cultural changes around the world. As we see in the breadth of topics presented in this volume, these environmental challenges have inspired renewed foci on traditional topics such as food procurement, ethnobiology, and spiritual ecology; and a broad new range of subjects, such as resilience, nonhuman rights, architectural anthropology, industrialism, and education. This volume enables scholars and students quick access to both established and trending environmental anthropological explorations into theory, methodology and practice.

part 2|47 pages

Investigations in sub-fields of environmental anthropology

chapter 6|10 pages


Exploring the links between political ecology and material culture studies

chapter 7|9 pages

Historical ecology

Agency in human–environment interaction

chapter 8|15 pages

Architectural anthropology

Developing a methodological framework for Indigenous wellbeing

chapter 9|11 pages

Beyond “nature”

Towards more engaged and care-full ways of relating to the environment

part 3|74 pages

Ecological knowledge, belief, and sustainability

chapter 13|15 pages

What’s ontology got to do with it?

On the knowledge of nature and the nature of knowledge in environmental anthropology

chapter 14|12 pages

Unsustainability in action

An ethnographic examination

part 4|65 pages

Climate change, resilience, and vulnerability

chapter 16|14 pages

Disasters and their impact

193A fundamental feature of environment

chapter 17|13 pages

Adaptation, vulnerability, and resilience

Contested concepts in the anthropology of climate change

chapter 19|12 pages

Taking responsibility for climate change

On human adaptation, sustainable consumption, and environmental governance 1

chapter 20|14 pages

Climate change adaptation and development planning

From resilience to transformation?

part 5|71 pages

Justice, ethics, and governance

chapter 21|17 pages

Justice for all

Inconvenient truths and reconciliation in human–non-human relations

chapter 23|14 pages

Battle of the ecologies: deep versus political

An investigation into anthropocentrism in the social sciences

chapter 24|13 pages

Good governance, corruption, and forest protection

Critical insights from environmental anthropology

chapter 25|12 pages

Cultural ecotourism as an indigenous modernity

Namibian Bushmen and two contradictions of capitalism

part 6|72 pages

Health, population, and environment

chapter 26|15 pages

Local and organic food movements

chapter 29|14 pages

Challenging the conventional wisdom

Breast cancer and environmental health

chapter 30|15 pages

Excessive human numbers in a world of finite limits

Confronting the threshold of collapse

part 7|68 pages

Environment and education

chapter 32|16 pages

“You have to do it”

Creating agency for environmental sustainability through experiential education, transformative learning, and kincentricity

chapter 33|13 pages

Cognition and cultural modeling

chapter 34|11 pages

Perceiving nature’s personhood

Anthropological enhancements to environmental education

chapter 35|15 pages

Schooling the world

Land-based pedagogies and the culture of schooling