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Plastic Packaging, Food Supply, and Everyday Life

Adopting a Social Practice Perspective in Social-Ecological Research

Lukas Sattlegger, Immanuel Stieß, Luca Raschewski, and Katharina Reindl

professionals in the food system. Hence, these problems cannot be solved solely technically by improved waste management or recycling technologies, as potential transformations must be linked to wider practices of food supply. From such a perspective, the use of

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Environmental Expertise as Group Belonging

Environmental Sociology Meets Science and Technology Studies

Rolf Lidskog and Göran Sundqvist

different sectors use environmental expertise to develop cleaner technologies, as well as to improve their public image and strengthen their brands. Thus, hardly any claims about environmental action—whether they come from governments, environmental

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Adaptation Lived as a Story

Why We Should Be Careful about the Stories We Use to Tell Other Stories

Nicole Klenk

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Within the field of climate change adaptation research, “stories” are usually simply mined for data, developed as communication and engagement technologies, and used to envision different futures. But there are other ways of understanding people’s narratives. This article explores how we can move away from understanding stories as cultural constructs that represent a reality and toward understanding them as the way in which adaptation is lived. The article investigates questions such as the following: As climate adaptation researchers, what can and should we do when we are told unsolicited stories? How can storytelling, as a way of life rather than as a source of data, inform and elaborate scientific approaches to adaptation research and planning? In this article, I move away from the literature that seeks to develop narrative methods in adaptation science. Instead, I focus on stories that we do not elicit and the world-making practice of storytelling.

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A Crystal Ball for Forests?

Analyzing the Social-Ecological Impacts of Forest Conservation and Management over the Long Term

Daniel C. Miller, Pushpendra Rana, and Catherine Benson Wahlén

for particular issues or groups of people. Indicators are a technology of governance that shape human thought and action (K. Davis et al. 2012 ). Indicators necessarily simplify complex social processes and phenomena into easily digestible, usually

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Culturally Grounded Indicators of Resilience in Social-Ecological Systems

Eleanor Sterling, Tamara Ticktin, Tē Kipa Kepa Morgan, Georgina Cullman, Diana Alvira, Pelika Andrade, Nadia Bergamini, Erin Betley, Kate Burrows, Sophie Caillon, Joachim Claudet, Rachel Dacks, Pablo Eyzaguirre, Chris Filardi, Nadav Gazit, Christian Giardina, Stacy Jupiter, Kealohanuiopuna Kinney, Joe McCarter, Manuel Mejia, Kanoe Morishige, Jennifer Newell, Lihla Noori, John Parks, Pua’ala Pascua, Ashwin Ravikumar, Jamie Tanguay, Amanda Sigouin, Tina Stege, Mark Stege, and Alaka Wali

technologies, project sustainability, climate change adaptation, disaster response, and comparative studies. The Mauri Model combines a stakeholder worldview analysis with an indicator measurement process ( Mauri Meter) to determine the absolute

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Black as Drought

Arid Landscapes and Ecologies of Encounter across the African Diaspora

Brittany Meché

desertification hotspot’” ( 2016: 4 ). Geomorphologists concur and high-resolution satellite images show that “the Sahara is not marching relentlessly southward into the Sahel” ( Laity 2009: 269 ). Interventions from Science and Technology Studies further reveal

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Towards Dalit Ecologies

Indulata Prasad

) against Western influences (i.e., modernity, technology, materialist and consumerist culture). Eco-naturalism follows this reasoning in “the coupling of environmental protection with the protection of life in its natural order ” (2017: xxi; emphasis in

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A Flowering of Memory

Walking Zora Neale Hurston's Cemetery Path to our Mothers’ Gardens

James Jr. Padilioni

explained to Du Bois that Florida's southern latitude positioned the state as an ideal place where plants “could be made to grow” ( 1945: 1 ; emphasis added), revealing her understanding of plant propagation as a human technology of literally working with

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We All We Got

Urban Black Ecologies of Care and Mutual Aid

Ashanté M. Reese and Symone A. Johnson

attention to the matter of Black urban ecologies through an exploration of how Chicago organizers transform public park space into sites for practicing mutual aid—a direct affront to the City of Chicago's use of violence and surveillance technologies to

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Remote-Control Plantations and Black Forest Relations in the Black Belt

Danielle M. Purifoy

detachment of absentee landowners from the communities where their lands were concentrated, combined with the displacement of most forestry jobs by new technologies, receding populations, and chronically low property taxes in these counties, resulted in