Alternative Socio-ecological Ideas and Practices in a Context of Crisis Optimism about human entanglements with the environment is hard to come by these days. Despite, and because of, great acceleration in scientific knowledge and technology over
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Constanza Parra and Casey Walsh
Indigenous Resurgence, Decolonization, and Movements for Environmental Justice
community and environment, are a major resource for adapting to climate change, but these have not been used consistently in existing adaptation efforts. Integrating such forms of knowledge with existing practices increases the effectiveness of adaptation
Landscapes and Races in Early Twentieth-Century Peru
The Travels of José Uriel García and Aurelio Miró Quesada Sosa
Rupert J. M. Medd
participants once they were recognized as being people with their own versions of history to tell, with lifestyles, problems, and specific cultural relations regarding their environments. This further manifested itself in the national literature, for example
Ecology and Migration in the Middle East
, migration, short-term displacement to coping in adapting to new or changed environment. When humans leave their abodes, their integration in a new environment will entail a time for struggle, a challenge. In this issue of Anthropology of the Middle East
Altered Landscapes and Filmic Environments
An Account from the 13th Asian Cinema Studies Society Conference
Tito R. Quiling Jr.
It’s just past 10:00 am on a humid Monday in Singapore, and the streets seemed to have settled after a workday rush. My walk from Arab Street to McNally Street was rather placid, punctuated by moments at intersections, and surrounded by people heading somewhere. Minutes later, I was looking up at the postmodern buildings of LASALLE College of the Arts—a panorama of reinforced concrete, glass, tiles, and steel gleaming under the morning sun. In cinema, spaces and landscapes are primary features. At times, the setting goes beyond the overarching narrative, as it conveys its own story. Given their impact, Stephen Heath (2016) infers that a process occurs in identifying spatial connections to the characters, since “organizing, guiding, sustaining and reestablishing the space are the factors that reveal this process.” The audience absorbs the familiar images or experiences onscreen. However, embodied objects of varying iterations contribute to how environments in films are concretized. On this note, one can ask: in what ways do filmic environments thus project narratives and discourses?
Designing and implementing their own future
Grassroots efforts among the Maya of Guatemala
Allison D. Krogstad
In the Kaqchikel Maya town of San Jorge La Laguna, Guatemala, a fight to reclaim lost land in 1992, though unsuccessful, eventually led the community to become one of the first Maya towns on Lake Atitlán to have a garbage dump, a drainage system, and an environmental education agenda. The efforts of San Jorge, along with the efforts of other communities, have led to the creation of national organizations such as Coordinadora Nacional Indígena y Campesina (CONIC), and have attracted the a ention of foreigners with organizations such as Mayan Families. By striving to improve their immediate environment and learning about the global impact of their actions, the people of San Jorge La Laguna are providing both a physical and an ideological space for themselves in the future.
Thule as Frontier
Commons, Contested Resources, and Contact Zones in the High Arctic
Greenlandic), who see themselves as placed between disappearing histories and future possibilities, making do with the resources that are available at the moment, but circumscribed by rapidly changing natural and geo-political environments. The concept of
Seth Schindler, Simin Fadaee, and Dan Brockington
separates them from high modernist schemes that imbued states and planners with omnipotence to “see” and manipulate their environments ( Scott 1998 ). The centralized nature of planning in the postwar era imposed limits on what could be envisioned and
Forest land and forced dispossession
changed over the years, however, and it began to read the right to a “healthy environment” into the right to livelihood, bringing the court in line with the country's environmentalist lobby. It was this new, environmentalist reading of Article 21 that
Deportability and spirituality in a hostile environment
An intersubjective perspective
The United Kingdom’s ‘hostile environment for immigrants’ is having distressing effects on people of African Caribbean heritage, especially those who have been threatened with deportation. While some research demonstrates a strong connection between the threat of deportation (deportability) and abjection, deportable migrants may also develop strategies (e.g. religious participation) to work around state controls. Jamaican family relations and spiritual practices emphasise intersubjectivity. This paper presents intersubjective ethnographic work conducted with a (formerly) deportable research partner, among Jamaican‐born Rastafari men who migrated to the UK in the 1990s as young adults. Restrictions against working during deportation appeals leave Rastafari men with the options of idleness, odd jobs in the informal economy or crime (typically selling drugs). Rastafari men find the discipline required to survive deportability through spirituality and engage in a variety of bodily rituals to generate positive energies, which help them remain calm and healthy. Vigilant attention to manners and dress are essential to raising social (and financial) capital on the road. The case of Rastafari migrants in the UK reveals a need for further expansion of ethnographic research into hostile environments from intersubjective perspectives that explore spirituality and deportability in diaspora families.