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Volume 23

Environmental Anthropology and Ethnobiology

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Edges, Fringes, Frontiers

Integral Ecology, Indigenous Knowledge and Sustainability in Guyana

Thomas B. Henfrey

256 pages, 6 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-988-2 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Not Yet Published (September 2018)

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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.

Thomas Henfrey is Senior Research Fellow at the Schumacher Institute for Sustainable Systems and a collaborator at the Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Change at Lisbon University. His previous publications include Wapishana Ethnoecology, Permaculture and Climate Change Adaptation and the edited volume Resilience, Community Action and Societal Transformation.

Subject: General Anthropology Environmental Studies
Area: Latin America


List of Figures


Chapter 1. Edges, Fringes, Frontiers
Chapter 2. Integral Theory and Integral Ecology
Chapter 3. Integral Ecology and Ecological Anthropology
Chapter 4. Steps to an Integral Ecological Anthropology
Chapter 5. Babylon and the ‘Crisis of Modernity’.


Chapter 6. Overview of Wapishana Settlement & Subsistence
Chapter 7. A Plural Reality
Chapter 8. Panarchy in the Deep South
Chapter 9. Composite Epistemology in Wapishana Subsistence
Chapter 10. An Integral Ecology of Wapishana Subsistence


Chapter 11. Traditional and Babylon Ecologies
Chapter 12. Cultural Edges and Frontiers


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