1. Cultural Ecology 2024

This is the homepage for a course in Cultural Ecology 2024, with an emphasis on anthropological optimism. There are three required 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.

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

9.

  • Chapter 8, “Global Challenges in Anthropological Perspective”

Anthropological Optimism

10.

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

11.

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

12.

  • “Vertiginous Optimism” by Daniel M. Knight

13.

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

14.

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

15.

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

16.

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

17.

  • “Doing Anthropology Forward” by Sarah Pink

18.

  • Afterword: “Optimism as Capacity” by Rebecca Bryant

Indigenous Science

19.

  • Introduction (1-15)

20.

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

21.

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

22.

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

23.

  • Chapter 7, “Ancestral Foods”

24.

  • Chapter 8, “Indigenizing Conservation”

Cultural Ecology 2024, YouTube Playlist:


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