Introduction: Environmental anthropology of yesterday and today

Eleanor Shoreman-Ouimet, Helen Kopnina

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Theoretical trends and schools of thought in the field of anthropology evolve rapidly. Anthropological literature must keep abreast, not only of these intellectual shifts, but also of pressing global, political, and social issues. Thus, this volume, like others before it, seeks to provide updates on the state of the science and the theoretical and methodological trends of the day. Yet, there is another, more important reason why such a volume is necessary now, ‘today’, of all days, and another reason why this will serve as more than just another update on the discipline. Today, we face some of the greatest environmental challenges in global history. Understanding the damage being done by communities, large and small, and the varied ethics and effert contributing to its repair is of vital importance. For these reasons, environmental anthropology today is different and arguably more critical than ever before. This volume thus poses the question and raises the challenge: What can increasing the emphasis on the environment in environmental anthropology, along with the science of its problems and the theoretical and methodological tools of anthropological practice do to aid conservation efforts, policy initiatives, and our overall understanding of how to survive, culturally and physically, as citizens of the planet?.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnvironmental Anthropology Today
EditorsHelen Kopnina, Eleanor Shoreman-Ouimet
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages33
ISBN (Electronic)9781136658563
ISBN (Print)9780415781558
Publication statusPublished - 5 Aug 2011
Externally publishedYes


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