Cultural Analysis and the Navigation of Complexity

Cultural Analysis and the Navigation of Complexity

ISBN: 9780761836827
Publisher: UPA
Publication Date: 2007-05-03
Number of pages: 200
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The complexities involved in social dilemmas and ecological troubles today challenge scientists to conduct analyses of cultural phenomena that push the boundaries of disciplines and blur the line between theory and practice. Problems are not so much to be solved as they are to be explained, predicted, and navigated. Luther P. Gerlach, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota, has exercised immense influence on social science, policy, and practice to accomplish these challenges.

Professor Gerlach is highly regarded within and beyond anthropology for two areas of outstanding research: groundbreaking work on social movements and pioneering studies of local-global environmental conflict, i.e. the conflict between local social, political, and economic control versus global ecological and economic interdependence. This volume's Preface traces Professor Gerlach's intellectual biography and the peer-reviewed chapters indicate the far-reaching impact he and his research continue to have on academic and applied science. Topics cover theories and methods as well as timely case studies in:

·Global climate policy
·Language and social movements
·Environmental and ecosystem management
·Public debate, environmental justice, and risk construction
·Complexity theory and organizations
·Cultural expression and archaic hunting methods
·Energy use
·Political economy and witch-killings
·Public health.

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