Environmental Anthropology

Luisa Cortesi, Michael R. Dove, Chris Hebdon, AM Lennon, Jeffrey Stoike

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Environmental anthropologists have refined, challenged, and reconfigured the conceptual
divide between human culture and nonhuman nature through multidisciplinary,
cross-cultural ethnographic inquiry. Problematizing the assumption that society is
fundamentally separate fromthe biospheric realm, scholars have called attention to the
various ways in which the physical environment shapes human culture and vice versa.
This entry explores environmental anthropology’s engagement with the nature/culture
dichotomy, focusing on five prominent themes in the subfield’s literature: equilibrium
versus postequilibrium approaches, power and politics, environmentalism, the
nature/culture divide, and biocultural diversity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of Anthropology
EditorsHilary Callan
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781118924396
ISBN (Print)9780470657225
Publication statusPublished - 5 Oct 2018
Externally publishedYes


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