Climate Cultures: Anthropological Perspectives on Climate Change

A new book edited by Jessica Barnes and Michael R. Dove, Climate Cultures: Anthropological Perspectives on Climate Change, explores the role of the imagination in anthropological engagement with climate change. The contributors to the volume look at how climate change has been imagined in diverse social contexts, because β€œIn addition to the material dimension of society-environment relations there is an ideational dimension. The way people think about the environment and climate change, whether they are government officials, scientists, or peasants, can profoundly influence how they behave. The factors that affect this thinking – politics, education, self-interest, the daily exigencies of life – and the ways in which this thinking is constrained, by culture or memory, for example – are critical to understanding the challenges of contemporary climate change” (14).

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