How do people perceive the land around them, and how is that perception changed by history? This book explores this question from an anthropological angle, assessing the connections between place, space, identity, nationalism, history and memory in a variety of different settings around the world. Taking historical change and memory as key themes, it is a broad study that will appeal to a readership across the social sciences.
Contributors from North America, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, and Europe explore a wide variety of case studies that includes seascapes in Jamaica; the Solomon Islands; the forests of Madagascar; Aboriginal and European notions of landscape in Australia; place and identity in 19th century maps and the bogs of Ireland; contemporary concerns over changing landscapes in Papua New Guinea; and representations of landscape and history in the poetry of the Scottish Borders.
Dr Pamela J. Stewart is Research Associate in Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburg, USA. Dr Andrew Strathern is Mellon Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh, USA
1. Introduction by Pamela J. Stewart and Andrew Strathern 2. Iconic Images: Landscape and History in the Local Poetry of the Scottish Borders by John Gray 3. Ceide Fields: Natural Histories of a Buried Landscape by Stuart McLean 4. Landscape Representations: Place and Identity in the Nineteenth Century Ordnance Survey Maps of Ireland by Angele Smith 5. Memories of Ancestry in the Forests of Madagascar by Janice Harper 6. Moon Shadows: Aboriginal and European Heroes in an Australian Landscape by Veronica Strang 7. History, Mobility and Land Use Interests of Aborigines and Farmers in the East Kimberly in North-West Australia by Ruth Lane 8. Co-present Landscapes: Routes and Rootedness as Sources of Identity in Highlands New Guinea by Michael O'Hanlon and Linda Frankland 9. Island Builders: Landscape and Historicity among the Langalanga, Solomon Islands by Pei-yi Guo 10. Biography, Ecology, Political Economy: Seascape and Conflict in Jamaica by James G. Carrier Epilogue by Andrew Strathern and Pamela J. Stewart