This course examines the relationships between human societies and their environments, including the diversity of symbolic classifications of “society” and “nature” as well as of social and economic organization. Topics include politics and practice, the influence of globalization, science and technology, as well as regional perspectives.
The history of environmental anthropology reflects, and has influenced, theoretical trends in anthropology and beyond. Appreciating this history is useful for making sense of contemporary problems and concerns. With this in mind, we will read seminal texts in environmental anthropology and use them to address current debates, including marine resource depletion, deforestation and the management of natural resources.
Taught by Götz Hoeppe