By Kay Milton
Positioned in a large spectrum of present examine and perform, from analyses of eco-friendly ideology and imagery, enviromental legislations and coverage, and native enviromental activism within the West to ethnographic reports of relationships among people and their enviroments in hunter/gatherer societies, Enviromentalism: The View from Anthropology deals an unique point of view on what's most likely the best-known factor of the overdue 20th century.
It can be fairly helpful to all social scientists attracted to environmentalism and human ecology, to environmental policy-makers and to undergraduates, teachers and researchers in social anthropology, improvement stories and sociology.
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They have huge implications for equity between North and South, as well as for the quality of life in East and West. The scientific consensus on issues like global climate change and ozone depletion is impressive and alarming; so too is the evidence of accumulations of toxic wastes and other pollutants in our soil and water. Public opinion and the environmental pressure groups (nongovernmental organizations—NGOs) are also seen as having a significant potential role: while the ‘rationality’ and ‘responsibility’ of the NGOs may be seen as suspect, because of their supposedly myopic partisanship, nevertheless ‘solutions’ to the principal problems will not come without their cooperation, in helping shape and mobilize public opinion.
To know the world, then, is a matter not of sensory attunement but of cognitive reconstruction. And such knowledge is acquired not by engaging directly, in a practical way, with the objects in one’s surroundings, but rather by learning to represent them, in the mind, in the form of a map. We discover, here, a direct connection between the notion of the world as a solid globe and the idea, commonly encountered even in anthropological literature, of the environment as a substrate for the external imposition of arbitrary cultural form.
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