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F&ES 869 01 (24025) /ANTH572
Disaster, Degradation, Dystopia: Social Science Approaches to Environmental Perturbation and Change
Michael Dove
Th 11.30-2.20 KRN 321
Spring 2014 
 
3 credits. 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 four main sections, the contents of which evolve from year to year. Section one addresses central questions and debates in the field: social dimensions of natural disasters; the historic evolution of anthropological thinking about climate and society; discursive dimensions of environmental degradation; and asymmetries between political power and resource wealth. Section two focuses on anthropological perspectives on perturbation, beginning with Linnaeus's work on ethnicity and land use in Scandinavia; ethnicity and violence in the Philippines; and indigenous solutions to knowing the environment. Section three consists of the classroom presentation of work by the students. Section four concludes with recent scholarship on the politics of threats to and from nature. Three hours lecture/seminar. Enrollment limited to twenty.
Prerequisite: F&ES 520a, 838a, or 839a.