New Book—Climate Cultures: Anthropological Perspectives on Climate Change
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our times, yet also seemingly intractable. This book offers novel insights on this contemporary challenge, drawing together the state-of-the-art thinking in anthropology. Approaching climate change as a nexus of nature, culture, science, politics, and belief, the book reveals nuanced ways of understanding the relationships between society and climate, science and the state, certainty and uncertainty, global and local that are manifested in climate change debates. The contributors address three major areas of inquiry: how climate change issues have been framed in previous times compared to the present; how knowledge about climate change and its impacts is produced and interpreted by different groups; and how imagination plays a role in shaping conceptions of climate change.
Climate Cultures was edited by Jessica Barnes, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Environment and Sustainability Program, University of South Carolina, and Michael Dove, Margaret K. Musser Professor of Social Ecology and Professor of Anthropology at Yale University, and Chair of the Southeast Asia Studies Council at the Macmillan Center. The book is a part of the Yale Agrarian Studies Series, which is edited by James C. Scott, Sterling Professor of Political Science and Professor of Anthropology.