F&ES 869b/ANTH 572b / 2013-2014

Disaster, Degradation, Dystopia: Social Science Approaches to Environmental Perturbation and Change

Credits: 3

Spring 2014: Th, 11:30-2:20, Kroon 321
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This is an advanced seminar on the long tradition of social science scholarship on environmental perturbation and natural disasters, the relevance of which has been heightened by the current global attention to climate change. The course is divided into four main sections. sections (the contents of which evolve from year to year). Section 1 addresses central questions and debates in the field: social dimensions of natural disasters; the historic evolution of anthropological thinking about climate and society; discursive dimensions of environmental degradation; and asymmetries between political power and resource wealth. Section 2 focuses on anthropological perspectives on perturbation, beginning with Linnaeus’ work on ethnicity and land-use in Scandinavia; ethnicity and violence in the Philippines; and indigenous solutions to knowing the environment. Section 3 consists of the classroom presentation of work by the students. Section 4 concludes with recent scholarship on the politics of threats to and from Nature. Prequisite: F&ES 520/ANTH 581a or F&ES 838a/ANTH517a or F&ES 839a/ANTH 597aThree hours lecture/seminar. Enrollment limited to twenty.

Prerequisites for F&ES 869:
F&ES 520: Society and Environment: Introduction to Theory and Method
F&ES 882: The Black Box of Implementation: Households, Communities, Gender

Enrollment limited to twenty
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