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The Relocation of Transcendence

Using Schutz to Conceptualize the Nature Experiences of Secular People

David Thurfjell, Cecilie Rubow, Atko Remmel, and Henrik Ohlsson

Denmark, Estonia, and Sweden are, if measured by certain sociological criteria, considered to be three of the world’s most secular countries. Nature—forests, pristine beaches, and the countryside—plays a specific role in the allegedly secular discourse of the mainstream populations of these nations. Not only is it almost without exception deemed as a positive asset worthy of protection, it is also thought of as holding certain existential qualities. Based on ethnographic fieldwork and interviews, this article suggests that Alfred Schutz’s conceptualization of transcendence—further developed by Thomas Luckmann—can be used to describe the existential experiences in nature of contemporary secular people. The article results in a suggestion for an operational definition of transcendence.

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Hannah Swee and Zuzana Hrdličková

this special symposium by Hannah Swee who describes how local cyclone knowledge in the Australian tropics is formed as an assemblage of heterogeneous parts. Drawing on her fieldwork in Far North Queensland, she argues that this assemblage of knowledge

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Constanza Parra and Casey Walsh

fieldwork, the authors show how local social and political movements engage with the total promise of globalization through local and partial efforts to force companies to engage in socially and environmentally responsible ways. By reworking neoliberal

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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

fields such as conservation biology, common property, and development studies. Much of this work relies on existing data sets and does not entail on-the-ground fieldwork. The second strand in the literature aims to understand how forest

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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

Julie Cruikshank argues that, as researchers who encounter stories in fieldwork, we must engage storytellers in “sharing the context for knowing when and why [the story] is told so that conversations can build on that shared knowledge” (1998: xiii). She

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Appropriate Targets

Global Patterns in Interaction and Conflict Surrounding Cetacean Conservation and Traditional Marine Hunting Communities

Florence Durney

community of marine hunters was thrown into turmoil, online and in person, when a hunter was arrested for selling marine animal products that he had hunted. I came to do fieldwork in that community, Lamalera, a month after the incident and witnessed how it

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Ocean Thinking

The Work of Ocean Sciences, Scientists, and Technologies in Producing the Sea as Space

Susannah Crockford

Lyell's theory of gradual geological change and established the seas as an essential site for biological fieldwork ( MacLeod and Rehbock 1994 ). Thomas Henry Huxley, pulling double duty aboard the HMS Rattlesnake as surgeon and naturalist, helped

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Eugene N. Anderson, Jodie Asselin, Jessica diCarlo, Ritwick Ghosh, Michelle Hak Hepburn, Allison Koch, and Lindsay Vogt

to trace political power is long, yet Hydropolitics manages to make a substantial contribution. Folch contributes both a novel ethnographic position and a rare level of granularity to a literature often based on large abstractions. Folch's fieldwork

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Decoupling Seascapes

An Anthropology of Marine Stock Enhancement Science in Japan

Shingo Hamada

valuable feedback. Indiana University Bloomington's Department of Anthropology provided me with access to library resources for this research, which was supported by the Wenner-Gren Foundation (Dissertation Fieldwork Grant no. Gr8302), the National Science

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Green Out of the Blue, or How (Not) to Deal with Overfed Oceans

An Analytical Review of Coastal Eutrophication and Social Conflict

Alix Levain, Carole Barthélémy, Magalie Bourblanc, Jean-Marc Douguet, Agathe Euzen, and Yves Souchon

conducting fieldwork in the Chesapeake Bay, the very idea of water quality varies depending on ways of knowing associated with the specific relationship to the ecosystem, resulting in the coexistence of two main visions of water quality in fishing communities