Environmental Futures (Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute Special Issue Book Series)

Environmental Futures (Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute Special Issue Book Series)

By: Jessica Barnes (author)Paperback

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Concerns about the exploitation of limited resources, optimum development trajectories, and climate change draw attention to the temporal horizons of our environment - Environmental Futures is a curated collection of essays that explores different ways of knowing the future and how these futures shape contemporary social worlds. * Includes a range of detailed case studies, from ice melting in Antarctica to coal mining in Bangladesh, flooding in Colombia to climate modelling in Egypt * Approaches prognosis as a cultural, political, and material process * Reveals the ways in which authority and expertise may be reinforced, circumscribed, or contested in the process of making a prediction and its aftermath * Offers novel insights on how and why futures come to be significant in the present

About Author

Jessica Barnes is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Environment & Sustainability Program at the University of South Carolina. Her work focuses on the culture and politics of resource use and environmental change in the Middle East. Dr Barnes s publications include Cultivating the Nile: the everyday politics of water in Egypt (Duke University Press, 2014), Climate cultures: anthropological perspectives on climate change (co-edited with Michael R. Dove, Yale University Press, 2015), and articles in a number of peer-reviewed journals, including Critique of Anthropology, Social Studies of Science, and Geoforum. Her current project, funded by a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies, draws on ethnographic and archival work to examine food security in Egypt and the long-standing identification of security with self-sufficiency in wheat and bread.


* Prognosis: visions of environmental futures (Andrew S. Mathews and Jessica Barnes) * Sensing the ice: field science, models, and expert intimacy with knowledge (Jessica O Reilly) * Uncertainty in the signal: modelling Egypt s water futures (Jessica Barnes) * Subsoil abundance and surface absence: a junior mining company and its performance of prognosis in Northwestern Ecuador (David Kneas) * Mines and signs: resource and political futures in Bangladesh (Nusrat Sabina Chowdhury) * Chronicle of a disaster foretold: scientific risk assessment, public participation, and the politics of imperilment in Bristol Bay, Alaska (Karen Hebert) * A doubtful hope: resource affect in a future oil economy (Gisa Weszkalnys) * Liquid Oman: oil, water, and causality in Southern Arabia (Mandana Limbert) * Prognosis past: the temporal politics of disaster in Colombia (Austin Zeiderman) * Claiming futures (Elizabeth Ferry) Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781119278320
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 212
  • ID: 9781119278320
  • weight: 306
  • ISBN10: 1119278325

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