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Indigenous Knowledge

Themes in environmental history series

The third volume in the reader series, ‘Themes in Environmental History’: comprising essays selected from our journals, Environment and History and Environmental Values, these inexpensive paperbacks address important aspects of environmental history by means of theoretical essays and case studies. Indigenous Knowledge investigates how indigenous peoples from various cultures interact with and conceptualise their environments, past and present; it offers accounts of indigenous conservation practice and traditional environmental knowledge alongside challenging explorations of how ‘knowledge’ is filtered through ideologies and subjectivities, from the Western scientific worldview to individual memory.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

I. Defining Indigeneity

Representations of Tropical Forests and Tropical Forest-Dwellers in Travel Accounts of National Geographic
Anja Nygren

When ‘The Environment’ Comes to Visit: Local Environmental Knowledge in the Far North of Russia
Timo Pauli Karjalainen and Joachim Otto Habeck

Riding the Tide: Indigenous Knowledge, History and Water in a Changing Australia
Heather Goodall

II. Indigenous Conservation: Beliefs and practices

Sacred Groves and Conservation: The Comparative History of Traditional Reserves in the Mediterranean Area and in South India
M. D. Subash Chandran and J. Donald Hughes

The Role of Customary Institutions in the Conservation of Biodiversity: Sacred Forests in Mozambique
Pekka Virtanen

Local Environmental Conservation Strategies: Karanga Religion, Politics and Environmental Control
B.B. Mukamuri

From Myths to Rules: The Evolution of Local Management in the Amazonian Floodplain
Fabio de Castro

Reflexive Water Management in Arid Regions: The Case of Iran
Mohammad Reza Balali, Jozef Keulartz and Michiel Korthals

III. Indigenous Subjectivities: Perception, myth, memory

Deforestation, Erosion, and Fire: Degradation Myths in the Environmental History of Madagascar
Christian A. Kull

Renarrating a Biological Invasion: Historical Memory, Local Communities, and Ecologists
Karen Middleton

Environment, Ethnicity and History in Chotanagpur, India, 1850-1970
Vinita Damodaran

IV. Cultural Collisions and Competing Knowledges

Different Histories of Buchu: Euro-American Appropriation of San and Khoekhoe Knowledge of Buchu Plants
Christopher H. Low

‘Changes in Landscape or in Interpretation? Reflections Based on the Environmental and Socio-economic History of a Village in NE Botswana
Annika C. Dahlberg and Piers M. Blaikie

Bamboo, Rats and Famines: Famine Relief and Perceptions of British Paternalism in the Mizo Hills (India)
Sajal Nag

Swidden farming as an agent of environmental change: ecological myth and historical reality in Indonesia
David Henley


31 March 2012, Paperback, 380pp.
ISBN 978-1-874267-68-3. £17.00/$25/€20

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