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Socialities of Nature Beyond Utopia

Constanza Parra and Casey Walsh

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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Indigenous Resurgence, Decolonization, and Movements for Environmental Justice

Jaskiran Dhillon

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

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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

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Altered Landscapes and Filmic Environments

An Account from the 13th Asian Cinema Studies Society Conference

Tito R. Quiling Jr.

, 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

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Ecology and Migration in the Middle East

Soheila Shahshahani

, 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

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Eyewitness Accounts during the Putumayo Rubber Boom

Manuel Antonio Mesones Muro—the “Madman of the Marañon River,” Cárlos Oyague y Calderón—the State Engineer, and Roger Casement—“Not of the Real World” Humanitarian

Rupert J. M. Medd and Hélène Guyot

between—old imperialist and monolithic notions of what constituted “the Peruvian” and Peru's environment. 5 Nevertheless, the environment, natural resources, and marginalized peoples were all too often still envisaged within the logic of coloniality. 6

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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.

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Thule as Frontier

Commons, Contested Resources, and Contact Zones in the High Arctic

Kirsten Hastrup

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

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Disarticulated Nomos

The Buryats Against Sacred Lake Baikal on Olkhon Island

Maryam Pirdehghan

conserving their environment – or should even react strongly to the destruction of the sacred nature of their home – due to the nature of this era, of which one aspect was media coverage and the awareness that resulted from it (Rantanen 2006). In other words

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Contemporary Megaprojects

An Introduction

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