ANT 324G: Environmental Anthropology
What is the relationship between culture and ecology? How can environments produce inequalities? Is there such a thing as wilderness? Where is the boundary between the human and the non-human? How is “nature” understood in different communities? How do people around the world live with toxicity, climate change, and other forms environmental degradation? And how what are the possible meanings of “environmental justice”? Environmental Anthropology explores the answers to these questions and more.
The course is designed around a set of key questions and challenges in the anthropological study of the environment. Its purpose is not to provide a survey of the field, but rather to introduce students to a set of questions and analytic tools and invite them to quickly move towards applying them to real-world cases.