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New Book on Urban Ecologies in Nepal

Anne Rademacher. 2011. Reigning the River: Urban Ecologies and Political Transformation in Kathmandu.  Duke University Press.

A major contribution to the nascent anthropology of urban environments, Reigning the River illuminates the complexities of river restoration in Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital and one of the fastest-growing cities in South Asia. In this rich ethnography, Anne M. Rademacher explores the ways that urban riverscape improvement involved multiple actors, each constructing ideals of restoration through contested histories and ideologies of belonging. She examines competing understandings of river restoration, particularly among bureaucrats in state and conservation-development agencies, cultural heritage activists, and advocates for the security of tens of thousands of rural-to-urban migrants settled along the exposed riverbed.

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2011 AAA Convention, Montreal

The A&E Meetings chair is Courtney Carothers of the University of Alaska. The Anthropology and the Environment Section sponsored 3 sessions at the 2011 convention.

  • Nature and Ethics Across Geographical, Discursive and Human Borders
  • The Continuing Traces, Tidemarks, and Legacies of Walter Goldschmidt’s Life and Work, Part II, co-sponsored with Culture and Agriculture
  • Gitxaała Laxyuup (Kitkatla Nation):  Tracing Gitxaala History and Culture Through Archaeology and Anthropology, (co-sponsored with Society for the Anthropology of North America)

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A&E in Anthropology News

In January’s this month’s A&E column in Anthropology News, anthropologist James Veteto discusses the activist role of environmental anthropology and its linkages with the ongoing Occupy movement.  He notes that these groups overlap on many points, and when it comes to seeking sustainable solutions to problems of ecological and social degradation the Occupy movement and environmental anthropology have great potentials for productive collaboration.

In the February Anthropology News, outgoing president Paige West gives an “state of the section” report.

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Anthropology of Climate Change

Anthropologists work in communities where climate change is already affecting local economies and people’s lives.  On the recommendation of the Anthropology & Environment section, the American Anthropological Association has formed a task force to explore the cultural impacts of global climate change.  The task force is headed by Prof. Shirley Fiske from the University of Maryland.

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Michael Dove on Marginal Peoples and Global Markets

Michael R. Dove won the 2011 Julian Steward Award for his book “The Banana Tree at the Gate: The History of Marginal Peoples and Global Markets in Borneo.”

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