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Economies and the Transformation of Landscape

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ISBN-10: 0759111170

ISBN-13: 9780759111172

Edition: 2008

Authors: Lisa Cliggett, Christopher A. Pool

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The theme of this volume is change, specifically the dynamic relationship between physical landscapes and economic practices. The contributors to Economies and the Transformation of Landscape consider the relationship between the environment and human activity-from different perspectives and with regard to varied timescales-to arrive at various understandings of economical ecological transformations and what they reveal about human culture. While each chapter offers detailed insights into particular cases, the volume as a whole challenges us to think broadly and reflexively about how human action affects the environment and how changes to the environment affect human action. Book jacket.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: AltaMira Press
Publication date: 12/24/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 340
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

?Christopher A. Pool is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Kentucky.

List of Figures and Tables
Introduction: Economies and the Transformation of Landscapes
Engineered Landscapes in Historical Frames
The Engineered Landscapes of Irrigation
Reading History in an Irrigated Landscape: The Drama of the Commons in the Andes
Household Labor and Landscape Transformation in Ancient Mixteca Alta, Oaxaca, Mexico
Mining and Ranching on the Landscape of Southwestern New Mexico, 1850-2005
Transformations, Political Strategies, and Decision Making
From Foraging to Farming: The Emergence of Exclusive Property Rights in Kentucky Prehistory
Pastures Lost: The Decline of Mobile Pastoralism among Maasai and Rendille in Kenya, East Africa
Landscape Acts and Property Regimes in the Ecuadorean Amazon
Coffee, Abolition, and Immigration: Driving Forces in Nineteenth-Century Brazilian Landscape Transformation
Political Economy and Institutional Interactions
Unsettled Landscapes: Settlement Patterns and the Development of Social Inequality in Northern Iceland
The Decentralized Landscape: Regional Wealth and the Expansion of Production in Northern Tanzania before the Eve of Colonialism
Maya Handicraft Vendors, Crime, and the Social Re/construction of Market Spaces in a Tourism Town
The Commercial Transformation of a Philippine Cityscape: A Case from San Fernando City, La Union
About the Editors
About the Contributors