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Cows, Kin, and Globalization An Ethnography of Sustainability

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ISBN-10: 0759107408

ISBN-13: 9780759107403

Edition: 2006

Authors: Susan A. Crate, Susan Crate

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Crate presents the first cultural ecological study of a Siberian people the Viliui Sakha, describing the local and global forces of modernization that continue to challenge their survival, and will be of interest to environmental and economic anthropologists, as well as to practitioners interested in sustainable rural development, globalization, indigenous rights in Eurasia, and post-Soviet Russia.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: AltaMira Press
Publication date: 10/19/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Susan A. Crate is an anthropologist in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at George Mason University and author of Cows, Kin and Globalization: The Ethnography of Sustainability (AltaMira Press 2006)Mark Nuttall holds the Henry Marshall Tory Chair in the Department of Anthropology, University of Alberta. He is editor of the landmark, three-volume Encyclopedia of the Arctic (Routledge 2005) and author or editor of many other books.

List of Illustrations
Central Themes: Local Cultures/Global Forces
On the Use of "Indigenous"
A Note on the Transliteration
Map-out of the Chapters
At Home in Siberia
Biogeography of the Viliui
The Pre-glacial and Glacial Periods in the Sakha Republic
Geology of Sakha and the Viliui
Climate and Hydrology on the Viliui
Hydrology on the Viliui
The Boreal Ecosystem: Floral and Faunal Adaptations
Human Adaptations to Extreme Northern Environments
Sakha Subsistence Adaptations to the Subarctic
Viliui Historical Ecology
Southern Origins
Viliui Sakha Origins and Local History
Local History: The Elgeeii Area
Invasion from the West
Local Impacts of Russian Colonization in Viliui Sakha Settlements
The Soviet Period: From Lenin's Socialism to Stalin's Legacy
The Soviet Period for Viliui Sakha
Cows-and-Kin: The Cultural Ecology of Post-Soviet Viliui Sakha Survival
Viliui Sakha Villages on the Eve of the Twenty-First Century
Moving through the Seasons: Village and Household Life
Having What It Takes: The Demands of Keeping Cows in the Subarctic
Year-Round Activities
Seasonal Cow-Care Activities
Haying: Foraging for the Quintessential Crop
Getting to Cows-and-Kin
Inter-Household Cows-and-Kin Dependencies
The Centrality of Kin
Cows-and-Kin in Case Studies
The Theoretical Context of Cows-and-Kin
Contemplating Cows-and-Kin
Having and Knowing Land
Having Land
The Great Divide
The Three Modes in Sum
The Question of Ancestral Right to Land
The Second Village Factor: An Argument to Return to Smaller Settlements?
Final Thoughts on Having Land
Knowing Land
The Elders and Their Life Stories
Elder Narratives and the Loss of Local History
An Environmental History of the Viliui
Glasnost on the Viliui
Soviet Industrialization
The Post-Soviet Period: Reconciling the Past
Impacts of Industrialization on the Viliui
Official Efforts to Reconcile the Environmental Issues of the Viliui Regions
The Birth and Demise of the Viliui Committee
Environmental Victories in Post-Soviet Russia: A Recipe for Success?
Imagining a Future of Environmental Justice on the Viliui
Diamond Mining and Indigenous Rights in Comparative Context: The Case of Canadian Diamonds
Stereotypes and Definitions of the North
A History of Northern Exploration and the Fur Trades of Russia and Canada
The Case of Diamonds in Arctic Canada
The Cultural and Historical Landscape of Canadian Land Claims
Diamonds and Developments in the North West Territories
The Pluses and Minuses of the Canadian Arctic Diamond Economy
Charting a Course to Sustainability for Indigenous Peoples and Mines
Implications for Viliui Sakha
Investigating Viliui Sakha Sustainability
Defining Sustainability on the Local Level
Defining Sustainability in Focus Groups
Defining Sustainability in Interviews
Bringing Findings into a Larger Discussion
Global Mining, Indigenous Peoples, and Sustainability
Mining in Historical Perspective
Mining in the Twenty-First Century
The Local Impacts of Twenty-First-Century Mining
The Ok Tedi Case
Mining, Indigenous Peoples, and Sustainability
Revisiting the Central Themes
Toward an Ethnography of Sustainability
Sustainability Research in Anthropology
Sustainability and Indigenous Peoples
Indigenous Sustainability in the Arctic Context
Indigenous Sustainability in the Russian North
The Dialogue of Sustainability
About the Author