Cultural Ecology 2024

This is the homepage for a course in Cultural Ecology 2024, with an emphasis on anthropological optimism and three books:

Human Adaptive Strategies

2. Human Ecology

  • Part 1 of chapter 2, “Anthropology, Human Ecology, and Politics” (36-50)

3. Political Ecology

  • Part 2 of chapter 2, “Anthropology, Human Ecology, and Politics” (51-62)

4. Foraging

  • Chapter 3, “Foraging”

5. Horticulture

  • Chapter 4, “Horticulture: Feeding the Household”

6. Pastoralism

  • Chapter 5, “Nomadic Pastoralism”

7. Agriculture

  • Chapter 6, “The Rise of Intensive Agriculture”

8. Frontiers

  • Chapter 7, “The New Frontier: Feeding the World”

9. Challenges

  • Chapter 8, “Global Challenges in Anthropological Perspective”

Anthropological Optimism

10. Why?

  • Introduction: “Why Optimism?” by Anna J. Willow

11. Different Futures

  • “A World Made Safe for (Future) Difference” by Samuel Gerald Collins

12. Vertiginous

  • “Vertiginous Optimism” by Daniel M. Knight

13. Flowers

  • “Moving On and Moving Up” by Kelly A. Yotebieng
  • “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” by Mankei Tam

14. Roots

  • “Indigenous Optimism in the Colonialcene” by Natasha Myhal & Clint Carroll
  • “Putting the Pieces in Place” by Anna J. Willow

15. Scale

  • “Optimism at Scale” by Hilary B. King
  • “Fusing Outrage and Hope into Acts of Resistance, Volunteerism, and Allyships” by Patricia Widener & Gail Choate

16. Systems

  • “Optimistic Anthropology in the Work of Systems Changemakers” by Alison Gold
  • “China 2060” by Bryan Tilt

17. Technologies

  • “Doing Anthropology Forward” by Sarah Pink

18. Capacity

  • Afterword: “Optimism as Capacity” by Rebecca Bryant

Indigenous Science

19. Indigenous

  • Introduction (1-15)

20. Ecological Grief

  • Chapter 1, “Indigenous Teaching” and chapter 2, “Ecocolonialism of Indigenous Landscapes”

21. Conservation

  • Chapter 3, “Birth of Western Conservation” and chapter 4, “Indigenous Science”

22. Ecowars

  • Chapter 5, “Ecowars” and chapter 6, “Tierra Madre”

23. Indigenizing

  • Chapter 7, “Ancestral Foods” and chapter 8, “Indigenizing Conservation”

Cultural Ecology 2024, YouTube Playlist:


A previous version of the course is 2023 Cultural Ecology with this YouTube lecture playlist:

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