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Science, Society and the Environment: Applying Anthropology and Physics to Sustainability

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Michael R. Dove is the Margaret K. Musser Professor of Social Ecology in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Profes... Lire la suite
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Michael R. Dove is the Margaret K. Musser Professor of Social Ecology in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Professor of Anthropology, and Curator at the Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University, USA. Daniel M. Kammen is Distinguished Professor of Energy in the Energy and Resources Group and in the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, USA. He has served as the Chief Technical Specialist for Renewable Energy at the World Bank, and has been a coordinating lead author for the IPCC, which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.



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In an era when pressing environmental problems make collaboration across the divide between sciences and arts and humanities essential, this book presents the results of a collaborative analysis by an anthropologist and a physicist of four key junctures between science, society, and environment. The first focuses on the systemic bias in science in favour of studying esoteric subjects as distinct from the mundane subjects of everyday life; the second is a study of the fire-climax grasslands of Southeast Asia, especially those dominated by Imperata cylindrica (sword grass); the third reworks the idea of 'moral economy', applying it to relations between environment and society; and the fourth focuses on the evolution of the global discourse of the culpability and responsibility of climate change. The volume concludes with the insights of an interdisciplinary perspective for the natural and social science of sustainability. It argues that failures of conservation and development must be viewed systemically, and that mundane topics are no less complex than the more esoteric subjects of science. The book addresses a current blind spot within the academic research community to focusing attention on the seemingly common and mundane beliefs and practices that ultimately play the central role in the human interaction with the environment. This book will benefit students and scholars from a number of different academic disciplines, including conservation and environment studies, development studies, studies of global environmental change, anthropology, geography, sociology, politics, and science and technology studies.



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1. Introduction: The Anthropology and Physics of Sustainable Environmental Systems 2. The Virtues of Mundane Science: Studying the Everyday 3. Nature, Society, and Science in Anthropogenic Grasslands: Studying Declensionist Discourses 4. High-Modern versus Local Folk Views of Dearth and Abundance: Studying Failure vs Success in Resource Management Systems 5. Differences in Perceptions of Climate Change Between and Within Nations: Studying Science, Scientists, and Folk 6. Conclusions: Reflections on Inter-Disciplinarity, Sustainability, and Thermodynamics

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Titre: Science, Society and the Environment: Applying Anthropology and Physics to Sustainability
Sous-titre: Applying Anthropology and Physics to Sustainability
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Code EAN: 9780415715980
ISBN: 978-0-415-71598-0
Format: Livre Relié
Editeur: Routledge
Genre: Sociologie
nombre de pages: 164
Poids: 431g
Taille: H234mm x B156mm x T11mm
Année: 2015

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