The Sacrifice Zones of American “Energy Independence”: Pipeline and Refinery Expansion in the Chicago Region

By Graham Pickren, Roosevelt University § The United States is seemingly on its way to “energy independence.” Since the oil price increases and gas lines of the 1970s shocked the sensibilities of an American population blissfully unaware of the inter-dependencies that structured their everyday lives, both Democratic and Republican regimes have aggressively pursued domestic energy production […]

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Contamination of the Social Fabric: Sápara Leaders’ Resistance to Oil Companies in the Ecuadorian Amazon and the Narrow Vision of Environmental Impact Studies

By Lindsay Ofrias, Princeton University § In the shadow of the world’s worst case of oil contamination, the Sápara, a small group of indigenous people, are desperately protecting their island of pristine rainforest in the Ecuadorean Amazon. Once a nationality numbering in the tens of thousands, only a few hundred Sápara people survive today, their population […]

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Tracing Chemical Intimacies

By Sophia Jaworski, University of Toronto § A middle-aged woman in the Greater Toronto Area wears a charcoal mask in her bedroom to prevent asthma spurred by breathing in the circulation of floor varnish, cigarette smoke, and cleaning chemicals in an apartment building air vent. Needing to wear the mask is intimately tied to shortness of […]

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Spirit, Monster, Table and Tongue

By Caroline Merrifield, Yale University § My friend Zhang is one of the head chefs at the fine-dining farm-to-table restaurant in Hangzhou, China, where I did most of my dissertation fieldwork. Zhang is a charismatic talker, and he is often recruited by the restaurant owner to explain his philosophy of cooking to guests and visitors. He […]

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Presence to Influence: Examining the Politics of Representation in Global Environmental Governance

By: Kimberly Marion Suiseeya (Department of Political Science, Northwestern University)[1] Laura Zanotti (Department of Anthropology and Center for the Environment, Purdue University)[2] Kate Haapala (Department of Political Science, Purdue University) Sarah Huang (Department of Anthropology and Ecological Sciences and Engineering, Purdue University) Savannah Schulze (Department of Anthropology, Purdue University) Kate Yeater (Department of Anthropology, Purdue […]

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Anthropology and Environment Society at the 2016 AAA Meeting

Anthropology and Environment Society Panels and Events at AAA 2016 INVITED SESSIONS Friday, November 18, 2016 10:15 – 12:00 pm UNCOMMON TERRITORIES OF THE ‘COMMON GOOD’ (Oral session co-invited with Society for Cultural Anthropology) 1:45 – 3:30 pm MURKY MARGINALITY: UNCERTAINTY, LIMINALITY, AND LONG-TERM CYCLES IN CONSERVATION (Roundtable co-invited with Association for Africanist Anthropology) 4:00 […]

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Making Homeland (Haciendo Patria): Agrarian Change, Nationhood and Inter-Ethnic Relations at the Frontier of Colonial Expansion in Chile

By Piergiorgio Di Giminiani, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile § As are many other valleys in the southern Andean region of Chile, Coilaco was the setting of some of the last processes of colonial resettlement that followed the colonization of the indigenous Mapuche region in the late 19th century. Settlers began to migrate to this area soon after […]

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Conjuring Property: An Interview with Jeremy Campbell

Conjuring Property: Speculation and Environmental Futures in the Brazilian Amazon By Jeremy Campbell, Roger Williams University  2015. 256 pp. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press. § Theresa Miller (Postdoctoral Fellow, Smithsonian Institution) spoke with Jeremy Campbell (Associate Professor, Roger Williams University) about his recent book on political economy in formation in the Brazilian Amazon. As an “ethnography of political economy in […]

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Human-Animal Encounters at the Park

By Shay Perryman, Ana Cruz, and Justin Brady § Woodward Park lies on the northwest edge of Fresno in California’s Central San Joaquin Valley. Fresno is California’s fifth largest city with a diverse population of just over half a million residents. Established in 1968, a local resident donated the 235-acres, and an additional 65 acres were added […]

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