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Ecological Nostalgias: Memory, Affect and Creativity in Times of Ecological Upheavals

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Volume 26

Environmental Anthropology and Ethnobiology

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Ecological Nostalgias

Memory, Affect and Creativity in Times of Ecological Upheavals

Edited by Olivia Angé and David Berliner

160 pages, 20 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-893-1 $120.00/£89.00 Hb Not Yet Published (November 2020)

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“Explores and exemplifies ethnographically an emerging conceptual framework on ecological nostalgias to better understand the emotional impacts on and responses of people to the environmental crises that beset our world&rdquo. • Rajindra K. Puri, University of Kent

“It is a tour de force in showing what anthropology can contribute to thinking about the global ecological crisis, and why the cultural and political dimensions of this crisis are no less important than the material ones”. • Marc Brightman, University of Bologna


Introducing the study of econostalgias through a variety of rich ethnographic cases, this volume argues that a strictly human centered approach does not account for contemporary longings triggered by ecosystem upheavals. In this time of climate change, this book explores how nostalgia for fading ecologies unfolds into the interstitial spaces between the biological, the political and the social, regret and hope, the past, the present and the future.

Olivia Angé is an Associate Professor at Université Libre de Bruxelles. Besides a series of papers, she is the author of Barter and Social Regeneration in the Argentinean Andes (Berghahn, 2018), and co-editor of Anthropology and Nostalgia (Berghahn, 2014).

David Berliner is a Professor of Anthropology at Université Libre de Bruxelles. He is the co-editor of Learning Religion (Berghahn, 2007), Anthropology and Nostalgia (Berghahn, 2014) and World Heritage on the Ground (Berghahn, 2016).

Subject: Anthropology (General) Environmental Studies (General) Cultural Studies (General) Memory Studies


List of Figures and Tables

Olivia Angé and David Berliner

Chapter 1. Thinking Through Nostalgia in Anthropologies of the Environment and Ethnographies of Landscape
Roy Ellen

Chapter 2. High Arctic Nostalgia: Thule and the Ecology of Mind
Kirsten Hastrup

Chapter 3. Nostalgic Confessions in the French Cévennes: Politics of Longings in the Neo-Peasants Initiatives  
Madeleine Sallustio

Chapter 4. The Nature of Loss: Ecological Nostalgia and Cultural Politics in Amazonia
Casey High

Chapter 5. Ecological Nostalgias and Interspecies Affect in the Highland Potato Fields of Cuzco (Peru)
Olivia Angé

Chapter 6. The Village and the Hamlet in the Mixe Highlands of Oaxaca, Mexico: Nostalgic Commitments to Working and Living Together
Perig Pitrou

Chapter 7. Peaceful Countryside: Ecologies of Longing and the Temporality of Flux in Contemporary Mongolia
Richard Irvine

Chapter 8. Melt in the Future Subjunctive
Cymene Howe

Dominic Boyer


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