Landscape Process and Power

Author: Serena Heckler
Publisher: Berghahn Books
ISBN: 9780857456137
Release Date: 2012
Genre: Business & Economics

In recent years, the field of study variously called local, indigenous or traditional environmental knowledge (TEK) has experienced a crisis brought about by the questioning of some of its basic assumptions. This has included reassessing notions that scientific methods can accurately elicit and describe TEK or that incorporating it into development projects will improve the physical, social or economic well-being of marginalized peoples. The contributors to this volume argue that to accurately and appropriately describe TEK, the historical and political forces that have shaped it, as well as people's day-to-day engagement with the landscape around them must be taken into account. TEK thus emerges, not as an easily translatable tool for development experts, but as a rich and complex element of contemporary lives that should be defined and managed by indigenous and local peoples themselves.

Environmental Anthropology Engaging Ecotopia

Author: Joshua Lockyer
Publisher: Berghahn Books
ISBN: 9780857458803
Release Date: 2013-04-30
Genre: Nature

In order to move global society towards a sustainable "ecotopia," solutions must be engaged in specific places and communities, and the authors here argue for re-orienting environmental anthropology from a problem-oriented towards a solutions-focused endeavor. Using case studies from around the world, the contributors-scholar-activists and activist-practitioners- examine the interrelationships between three prominent environmental social movements: bioregionalism, a worldview and political ecology that grounds environmental action and experience; permaculture, a design science for putting the bioregional vision into action; and ecovillages, the ever-dynamic settings for creating sustainable local cultures.

Edges Fringes Frontiers

Author: Thomas Henfrey
Publisher: Berghahn Books
ISBN: 9781785339899
Release Date: 2018-09-14
Genre: Social Science

Based on an ethnographic account of subsistence use of Amazonian forests by Wapishana people in Guyana, Edges, Frontiers, Fringes examines the social, cultural and behavioral bases for sustainability and resilience in indigenous resource use. Developing an original framework for holistic analysis, it demonstrates that flexible interplay among multiple modes of environmental understanding and decision-making allows the Wapishana to navigate social-ecological complexity successfully in ways that reconcile short-term material needs with long-term maintenance and enhancement of the resource base.

Mobile Architektur

Author: Robert Kronenburg
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
ISBN: 9783764383237
Release Date: 2008-05-16
Genre: Architecture

Alle frühen Behausungen waren tragbar oder jederzeit erneuerbar, denn die Menschen lebten als Nomaden und zogen mit den wechselnden Jahreszeiten dorthin, wo die Lebensbedingungen zuträglicher waren. Die Rastlosigkeit der modernen Zeit wiederum findet in mobilen Strukturen ihren Ausdruck: das Nomadic Museum von Shigeru Ban in New York aus Schiffscontainern wurde viel diskutiert und Marc Fishers Konzertarchitektur für die Tourneen der Rolling Stones oder U2 war Ereignis im internationalen Feuilleton. Das Micro Compact Home von Richard Horden oder das Container Home Kit von LOT/EK sind Vorschläge für flexibles Wohnen. Auch in Extremsituationen wie in der Antarktis oder nach Naturkatastrophen werden mobile Strukturen eingesetzt. Der Ausstellungsbereich oder die Clubszene sind weitere typische Anwendungsbereiche für leichte, bewegliche Bauten. Gerade abbaubare, temporäre Strukturen erlauben das architektonische Experiment und können zu Prototypen werden. Dieses Buch diskutiert Vorläufer, Kontext und Technologie der portablen Architektur. Es dokumentiert – nach Anwendungsbereichen gegliedert – zahlreiche internationale Beispiele und gibt vielfältige Anregungen für die Entwurfspraxis.

Qualitative Interviews

Author: Sabina Misoch
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
ISBN: 9783110354614
Release Date: 2015-01-01
Genre: Social Science

Qualitative interviews are a key tool in modern research practice. What are the different forms of the qualitative interview? Which method is suitable for which situation? How does one conduct qualitative interviews in practice? The book answers these and other questions by presenting methodological principles and different interview methods with schemata, figures, and examples, along with a discussion of their advantages and disadvantages.