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ANTH 572 01 (22437) /F&ES869
Disaster, Degradation, Dystopia: Social Science Approaches to Environmental Perturbation and Change
Michael Dove
3 HTBA
Spring 2014 
 
This is an advanced seminar on the long tradition of social science scholarship on environmental perturbation and natural disasters, the relevance of which has been heightened by the current global attention to climate change. The course is divided into three main sections. The first consists of central questions and debates in the field: social dimensions of natural disasters; the discursive dimensions of environmental degradation, focusing on deforestation; and the current debate about the relationship between resource wealth and political conflict, focusing on the "green war" thesis. The second section focuses on anthropological and interdisciplinary approaches to climate change and related topics, encompassing canonical anthropological work on flood and drought; cyclones, El Niño, and interannual cycles; ethno-ecology; and risk. Additional lectures focus on interdisciplinary work. The final section of the course consists of the classroom presentation of work by the students and teaching fellow. Three-hour lecture/seminar. Enrollment limited to twenty.
Prerequisite: ANTH 581a or 582a.