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Everyone Eats - Understanding Food and Culture (Paperback, 2 Rev Ed): E.N. Anderson Everyone Eats - Understanding Food and Culture (Paperback, 2 Rev Ed)
E.N. Anderson
R582 R522 Discovery Miles 5 220 Save R60 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Everyone eats, but rarely do we investigate why we eat what we eat. Why do we love spices, sweets, coffee? How did rice become such a staple food throughout so much of eastern Asia? Everyone Eats examines the social and cultural reasons for our food choices and provides an explanation of the nutritional reasons for why humans eat what they do, resulting in a unique cultural and biological approach to the topic. E. N. Anderson explains the economics of food in the globalization era; food's relationship to religion, medicine, and ethnicity; and offers suggestions on how to end hunger, starvation, and malnutrition. This thoroughly updated Second Edition incorporates the latest food scholarship, most notably recognizing the impact of sustainable eating advocacy and the state of food security in the world today. Anderson also brings more insight than ever before into the historical and scientific underpinnings of our food customs, fleshing this out with fifteen new and original photographs from his own extensive fieldwork. A perennial classic in the anthropology of food, Everyone Eats feeds our need to understand human ecology by explaining the ways that cultures and political systems structure the edible environment.

An Introduction to Cultural Ecology (Paperback): Mark Q Sutton, E.N. Anderson An Introduction to Cultural Ecology (Paperback)
Mark Q Sutton, E.N. Anderson
R955 Discovery Miles 9 550 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This contemporary introduction to the principles and research base of cultural ecology is the ideal textbook for advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate courses that deal with the intersection of humans and the environment in traditional societies. After introducing the basic principles of cultural anthropology, environmental studies, and human biological adaptations to the environment, the book provides a thorough discussion of the history of, and theoretical basis behind, cultural ecology. The bulk of the book outlines the broad economic strategies used by traditional cultures: hunting/gathering, horticulture, pastoralism, and agriculture. Fully explicated with cases, illustrations, and charts on topics as diverse as salmon ceremonies among Northwest Indians, contemporary Maya agriculture, and the sacred groves in southern China, this book gives a global view of these strategies. An important emphasis in this text is on the nature of contemporary ecological issues, how peoples worldwide adapt to them, and what the Western world can learn from their experiences. A perfect text for courses in anthropology, environmental studies, and sociology.

Six Lyrics. [Op. 6] (Hardcover): E.N. Anderson Six Lyrics. [Op. 6] (Hardcover)
E.N. Anderson
R529 Discovery Miles 5 290 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Background Of The Knights' Revolt, 1522-1523 (Paperback): William Robertson Hitchcock The Background Of The Knights' Revolt, 1522-1523 (Paperback)
William Robertson Hitchcock; Edited by R. N. Burr, E.N. Anderson
R541 Discovery Miles 5 410 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

University Of California Publications In History, No. 61. Additional Editors Are M. H. Curtis And G. E. Mowry.

Six Lyrics - At Loves Gate, Ah! Welaway!, Like And Like, Lyre And Flower, Fast Asleep, Rest (1891) (Hardcover): E.N. Anderson Six Lyrics - At Loves Gate, Ah! Welaway!, Like And Like, Lyre And Flower, Fast Asleep, Rest (1891) (Hardcover)
E.N. Anderson
R548 Discovery Miles 5 480 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This scarce antiquarian book is a selection from Kessinger Publishing's Legacy Reprint Series. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment to protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature. Kessinger Publishing is the place to find hundreds of thousands of rare and hard-to-find books with something of interest for everyone

Six Lyrics - At Loves Gate, Ah! Welaway!, Like And Like, Lyre And Flower, Fast Asleep, Rest (1891) (Paperback): E.N. Anderson Six Lyrics - At Loves Gate, Ah! Welaway!, Like And Like, Lyre And Flower, Fast Asleep, Rest (1891) (Paperback)
E.N. Anderson
R273 Discovery Miles 2 730 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This scarce antiquarian book is a selection from Kessinger Publishing's Legacy Reprint Series. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment to protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature. Kessinger Publishing is the place to find hundreds of thousands of rare and hard-to-find books with something of interest for everyone!

Six Lyrics. [op. 6]. (Paperback): E.N. Anderson Six Lyrics. [op. 6]. (Paperback)
E.N. Anderson
R313 R253 Discovery Miles 2 530 Save R60 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This is an EXACT reproduction of a book published before 1923. This IS NOT an OCR'd book with strange characters, introduced typographical errors, and jumbled words. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book.

Six Lyrics - At Loves Gate, Ah! Welaway!, Like And Like, Lyre And Flower, Fast Asleep, Rest (1891) (Paperback): E.N. Anderson Six Lyrics - At Loves Gate, Ah! Welaway!, Like And Like, Lyre And Flower, Fast Asleep, Rest (1891) (Paperback)
E.N. Anderson
R337 Discovery Miles 3 370 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Food and Environment in Early and Medieval China (Hardcover): E.N. Anderson Food and Environment in Early and Medieval China (Hardcover)
E.N. Anderson
R1,649 R1,381 Discovery Miles 13 810 Save R268 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Chinese food is one of the most recognizable and widely consumed cuisines in the world. Almost no town on earth is without a Chinese restaurant of some kind, and Chinese canned, frozen, and preserved foods are available in shops from Nairobi to Quito. But the particulars of Chinese cuisine vary widely from place to place as its major ingredients and techniques have been adapted to local agriculture and taste profiles. To trace the roots of Chinese foodways, one must look back to traditional food systems before the early days of globalization."Food and Environment in Early and Medieval China" provides an account of the development of the food systems that coincided with China's emergence as an empire. Before extensive trade and cultural exchange with Europe was established, Chinese farmers and agriculturalists developed systems that used resources in sustainable and efficient ways, permitting intensive and productive techniques to survive over millennia. Fields, gardens, semiwild lands, managed forests, and specialized agricultural landscapes all became part of an integrated network that produced maximum nutrients with minimal input--though not without some environmental cost. E. N. Anderson examines premodern China's vast, active network of trade and contact, such as the routes from Central Asia to Eurasia and the slow introduction of Western foods and medicines under the Mongol Empire. Bringing together a number of new findings from archaeology, history, and field studies of environmental management, "Food and Environment in Early and Medieval China" provides an updated picture of language relationships, cultural innovations, and intercultural exchanges.

Bird of Paradox - The Unpublished Writings of Wilson Duff (Paperback): Wilson Duff Bird of Paradox - The Unpublished Writings of Wilson Duff (Paperback)
Wilson Duff; Edited by E.N. Anderson
R624 R457 Discovery Miles 4 570 Save R167 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The tragic death of Wilson Duff at the age of 51, cut short the life of one of the leading experts on the arts and cultures of native peoples of the Northwest Coast. An anthropology professor at the University of B.C., his death, by his own hand, terminated his uncommonly perceptive research into the philosophy and psychology of Native art. Bird of Paradox consists of unpublished works by Duff which present his unique theoretical ideas that contribute to art scholarship, as well as creative writings and poetry which expose his emotional experiences with and feelings toward Native art and culture. Editor E. N. Anderson has provided detailed introductory material recounting Duff's life and work, and puts Duff's final contributions in the context of Northwest coast life.

Recipes from the Garden of Contentment - Yuan Mei's Manual of Gastronomy (Paperback): Sean J. S. Chen Recipes from the Garden of Contentment - Yuan Mei's Manual of Gastronomy (Paperback)
Sean J. S. Chen; Yuan Mei; Edited by Jeffrey Riegel, E.N. Anderson
R1,965 Discovery Miles 19 650 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Recipes from the Garden of Contentment: Yuan Mei`s Manual of Gastronomy (Suiyuan Shidan) is, remarkably, the first English edition of one of the world's most famous books about food. Recipes from the Garden of Contentment is a treatise and a cookbook, written in the late eighteenth century by the Qing dynasty poet Yuan Mei. It includes recipes for well-known dishes such as birds nest and sharks fin, and offers modern readers an appealing perspective on Chinese history and culinary culture. It was translated and annotated by Sean J. S. Chen with editorial advice from E. N. Anderson and Jeffrey Riegel. This edition is bilingual (English-Chinese) and extensively annotated, and 428 pages in length. The team's aim was to convey the charm, humor, and erudition of one of China's greatest writers. Also included are a glossary and a bibliography of additional sources. Chinese food expert Nicole Mones, author of the novel The Last Chinese Chef, has contributed an engaging introduction to Yuan Mei and his work. The cover illustration is by Lichia Liu.

The Pursuit of Ecotopia - Lessons from Indigenous and Traditional Societies for the Human Ecology of Our Modern World... The Pursuit of Ecotopia - Lessons from Indigenous and Traditional Societies for the Human Ecology of Our Modern World (Hardcover)
E.N. Anderson
R1,247 Discovery Miles 12 470 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The world environmental and social justice crises brought on by our high-throughput global economy can be ameliorated only if we adapt the pragmatic ethics of social cohesion in traditional societies to the modern world. Traditional societies have much to teach the modern world about conservation and environmental management. The Pursuit of Ecotopia: Lessons from Indigenous and Traditional Societies for the Human Ecology of Our Modern World argues that the root of our environmental crisis is that we have not devised modern ways to induce people with diverse interests to think and act cooperatively to secure shared interests. We take a short-term, narrow view of resource management and ethical conduct instead of a long-term, global view of "ecotopia"-a conception in which the destructive corollaries of consumerism are curbed by emotionally grounded policies and ethics of sustainability, social justice, and stewardship. In this controversial and brilliantly written book, author E. N. Anderson maintains that the world can escape impending ecological disaster only by embracing a political and ethical transformation that will imbue modern societies with the same shared sense of emotional rationality practiced by traditional cultures. He draws lessons from ecologically successful traditional societies-and also draws cautionary tales from traditional societies that have responded maladaptively to disruption and failed ecologically as a result. Includes a richly detailed, extensive bibliography on environmental problems, environmental economics, and environmental justice to encourage further research and action

Everyone Eats - Understanding Food and Culture (Hardcover, New): E.N. Anderson Everyone Eats - Understanding Food and Culture (Hardcover, New)
E.N. Anderson
R1,739 Discovery Miles 17 390 Out of stock

Everyone eats, but rarely do we ask why or investigate why we eat what we eat. Why do we love spices, sweets, coffee? How did rice become such a staple food throughout so much of eastern Asia? Everyone Eats examines the social and cultural reasons for our food choices and provides an explanation of the nutritional reasons for why humans must eat in order to survive, resulting in a unique cultural and biological approach to the topic. Anderson begins with the evolution of human nutritional needs, then moves on to discuss the economics of food in the globalization era, and also covers topics such as food's relationship to religion, medicine, and ethnicity. Anderson also covers issues related to production and consumption, offering suggestions on how to end hunger, starvation, and malnutrition. By providing an interesting and appetizing overview of food and foodways, Everyone Eats feeds our need to understand human ecology by explaining the ways that cultures and political systems structure the edible environment. Ultimately our understanding of food and human eating habits is enriched by this fascinating, unexpected, and lively account of why everyone must eat.

Warning Signs of Genocide - An Anthropological Perspective (Hardcover): E.N. Anderson, Barbara A. Anderson Warning Signs of Genocide - An Anthropological Perspective (Hardcover)
E.N. Anderson, Barbara A. Anderson
R2,011 R1,904 Discovery Miles 19 040 Save R107 (5%) Out of stock

Genocide occurs when a government attempts to exterminate systematically a large percentage of its own citizens or subjects, simply because they fall into a particular group defined by religion, ethnicity, political affiliation, or (rarely) other group identification ranging from occupation to gender status. Genocide has been a major cause of death worldwide over the last 100 years or more, and is far from being eliminated. Through examining available cases, Warning Signs of Genocide: An Anthropological Perspective shows that genocide becomes a live danger when group hatreds-especially religious, ethnic, and political-are exploited by political regimes as major ways of seizing and maintaining power. Genocide is actually invoked, however, only when such regimes feel they are threatened, usually either because they are new and not consolidated in power or because they are challenged by local rebellions, civil war, or (less often) international war or major economic decline. Knowing these warning signs should make the international community take note that genocide is virtually certain to occur, and take action to stop it. This book joins others in noting that the international community has rarely intervened in time, and in the hope that these findings will encourage more prompt action.

Introduction to Cultural Ecology (Hardcover, 2nd Revised edition): Mark Q Sutton, E.N. Anderson Introduction to Cultural Ecology (Hardcover, 2nd Revised edition)
Mark Q Sutton, E.N. Anderson
R2,352 R2,221 Discovery Miles 22 210 Save R131 (6%) Out of stock

A newer edition of this book is available for ordering at the following web address: https: //rowman.com/ISBN/9780759123298 Introduction to Cultural Ecology provides a comprehensive discussion of the history and theoretical foundations of cultural ecology, featuring nine case studies from around the world.

Introduction to Cultural Ecology (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Mark Q Sutton, E.N. Anderson Introduction to Cultural Ecology (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Mark Q Sutton, E.N. Anderson
R1,158 Discovery Miles 11 580 Out of stock

A newer edition of this book is available for ordering at the following web address: https: //rowman.com/ISBN/9780759123298 Introduction to Cultural Ecology provides a comprehensive discussion of the history and theoretical foundations of cultural ecology, featuring nine case studies from around the world.

Introduction to Cultural Ecology (Hardcover, Third Edition): Mark Q Sutton, E.N. Anderson Introduction to Cultural Ecology (Hardcover, Third Edition)
Mark Q Sutton, E.N. Anderson
R2,726 R2,569 Discovery Miles 25 690 Save R157 (6%) Out of stock

All peoples and cultures face environmental issues-but as this accessible text shows, how they respond to such issues varies widely around the world and across human history. Introduction to Cultural Ecology, Third Edition, familiarizes students with the foundations of the field and provides a framework for exploring what other cultures can teach us about human/environment relationships. Drawing on both biological and cultural approaches, the authors first cover basic principles of cultural anthropology, environmental studies, and human biological adaptations to the environment. They then consider environmental concerns within the context of diverse means of making a living, from hunting and gathering to modern industrial societies; detailed case studies add depth and breadth to the discussion.

An Introduction to Cultural Ecology (Hardcover, 7th edition): Mark Q Sutton, E.N. Anderson An Introduction to Cultural Ecology (Hardcover, 7th edition)
Mark Q Sutton, E.N. Anderson
R3,460 R3,004 Discovery Miles 30 040 Save R456 (13%) Out of stock

This contemporary introduction to the principles and research base of cultural ecology is the ideal textbook for advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate courses that deal with the intersection of humans and the environment in traditional societies. After introducing the basic principles of cultural anthropology, environmental studies, and human biological adaptations to the environment, the book provides a thorough discussion of the history of, and theoretical basis behind, cultural ecology. The bulk of the book outlines the broad economic strategies used by traditional cultures: hunting/gathering, horticulture, pastoralism, and agriculture. Fully explicated with cases, illustrations, and charts on topics as diverse as salmon ceremonies among Northwest Indians, contemporary Maya agriculture, and the sacred groves in southern China, this book gives a global view of these strategies. An important emphasis in this text is on the nature of contemporary ecological issues, how peoples worldwide adapt to them, and what the Western world can learn from their experiences. A perfect text for courses in anthropology, environmental studies, and sociology.

Caring for Place - Ecology, Ideology, and Emotion in Traditional Landscape Management (Paperback): E.N. Anderson Caring for Place - Ecology, Ideology, and Emotion in Traditional Landscape Management (Paperback)
E.N. Anderson
R879 Discovery Miles 8 790 Out of stock

How can cultural forms motivate people to care about their environment? While important scientific data about ecosystems is mushrooming, E. N. Anderson argues in this powerful new book that putting effective conservation into practice depends primarily on social solidarity and emotional factors. Marshaling decades of research on cultures across several continents, he shows how societies have been more or less successful in sustainably managing their environments based on collective engagements such as religion, art, song, myth, and story. This provocative and deeply felt book by a leading writer and scholar in human ecology and anthropology will be read and debated widely for years to come.

Introduction to Cultural Ecology (Paperback, Third Edition): Mark Q Sutton, E.N. Anderson Introduction to Cultural Ecology (Paperback, Third Edition)
Mark Q Sutton, E.N. Anderson
R1,115 Discovery Miles 11 150 Out of stock

All peoples and cultures face environmental issues-but as this accessible text shows, how they respond to such issues varies widely around the world and across human history. Introduction to Cultural Ecology, Third Edition, familiarizes students with the foundations of the field and provides a framework for exploring what other cultures can teach us about human/environment relationships. Drawing on both biological and cultural approaches, the authors first cover basic principles of cultural anthropology, environmental studies, and human biological adaptations to the environment. They then consider environmental concerns within the context of diverse means of making a living, from hunting and gathering to modern industrial societies; detailed case studies add depth and breadth to the discussion.

The Food of China (Paperback, New Ed): E.N. Anderson The Food of China (Paperback, New Ed)
E.N. Anderson
R676 Discovery Miles 6 760 Out of stock

To feed a quarter of the world's population on only seven percent of the world's cultivated land and at the same time to have developed a renowned cuisine is perhaps the most exemplary achievement of the Chinese people. What accounts for their success? And what can be learned from it in this age of widespread hunger? E.N. Anderson's comprehensive, entertaining historical and ethnographic account of Chinese food from the Bronze Age to the twentieth century shows how food has been central to Chinese governmental policies, religious rituals, and health practices from earliest times. The historical survey of agricultural and culinary customs, in the first half of the book, offers a wealth of fact and interpretation on such topics as the effect of government policy on agricultural innovation; the relation of medical beliefs to appetizing cuisine; the recycling of waste products on the farm; the traditional absence of food taboos (including the practicality of eating one's pests, or feeding them to pigs and chickens, instead of poisoning them and the environment); and the key factors in the gourmet quality of Chinese food from the simplest to the most elaborate dishes. Without glossing over the occurrences of famine China's history, Anderson concludes that the full story is one of remarkable success in feeding maximum populations over the millennia. Underpinning this accomplishment, he cites China's traditional stress on food as the basis of the state and as fundamental not only to individual well-being but to the enjoyment of life. Anderson turns to present-day China in the latter half of the book, describing in rich and enticing detail the regional varieties in Chinese diet, food preparation, and rituals of eating and drinking. These lively, readable chapters as well as those in the first half of The Food of China make it a prime source for anyone-general readers and scholars alike-with an interest in Chinese history or food.

Caring for Place - Ecology, Ideology, and Emotion in Traditional Landscape Management (Hardcover): E.N. Anderson Caring for Place - Ecology, Ideology, and Emotion in Traditional Landscape Management (Hardcover)
E.N. Anderson
R3,241 Discovery Miles 32 410 Out of stock

How can cultural forms motivate people to care about their environment? While important scientific data about ecosystems is mushrooming, E. N. Anderson argues in this powerful new book that putting effective conservation into practice depends primarily on social solidarity and emotional factors. Marshaling decades of research on cultures across several continents, he shows how societies have been more or less successful in sustainably managing their environments based on collective engagements such as religion, art, song, myth, and story. This provocative and deeply felt book by a leading writer and scholar in human ecology and anthropology will be read and debated widely for years to come.

Ethnobiology (Paperback): E.N. Anderson, Deborah Pearsall, Eugene Hunn, Nancy Turner Ethnobiology (Paperback)
E.N. Anderson, Deborah Pearsall, Eugene Hunn, Nancy Turner
R2,380 Discovery Miles 23 800 Out of stock

The single comprehensive treatment of the field, from the leading members of the Society of Ethnobiology

The field of ethnobiology--the study of relationships between particular ethnic groups and their native plants and animals--has grown very rapidly in recent years, spawning numerous subfields. Ethnobiological research has produced a wide range of medicines, natural products, and new crops, as well as striking insights into human cognition, language, and environmental management behavior from prehistory to the present.

This is the single authoritative source on ethnobiology, covering all aspects of the field as it is currently defined. Featuring contributions from experienced scholars and sanctioned by the Society of Ethnobiology, this concise, readable volume provides extensive coverage of ethical issues and practices as well as archaeological, ethnological, and linguistic approaches.

Emphasizing basic principles and methodology, this unique textbook offers a balanced treatment of all the major subfields within ethnobiology, allowing students to begin guided research in any related area--from archaeoethnozoology to ethnomycology to agroecology. Each chapter includes a basic introduction to each topic, is written by a leading specialist in the specific area addressed, and comes with a full bibliography citing major works in the area. All chapters cover recent research, and many are new in approach; most chapters present unpublished or very recently published new research. Featured are clear, distinctive treatments of areas such as ethnozoology, linguistic ethnobiology, traditional education, ethnoecology, and indigenous perspectives. Methodology and ethical action are also covered up to current practice.

"Ethnobiology" is a specialized textbook for advanced undergraduates and graduate students; it is suitable for advanced-level ethnobotany, ethnobiology, cultural and political ecology, and archaeologically related courses. Research institutes will also find this work valuable, as will any reader with an interest in ethnobiological fields.

Rights, Resources, Culture, and Conservation in the Land of the Maya (Hardcover, New): Betty Bernice Faust, E.N. Anderson, John... Rights, Resources, Culture, and Conservation in the Land of the Maya (Hardcover, New)
Betty Bernice Faust, E.N. Anderson, John G Frazier
R2,053 Discovery Miles 20 530 Out of stock

This book is a collection of papers inspired by the work of Mary Elmendorf, a pioneer in applied anthropology and community development. Dr. Elmendorf spent much of her career studying the roles of women in Maya communities, as well as problems of health, community development, human rights and the environment. Unlike the classic "festschrift" that frequently is little more than a random assembling of papers united only by their being somehow related to the work of the honoree, this collection is intended as a unified work that will provide a detailed view of recent work on cultural ecology, biodiversity conservation, and development among the diverse communities inhabiting the Yucatan Peninsula. Thanks in large measure to Mary Elmendorf's work, this region has been an area of particularly creative and exciting projects. The editors of this volume are eager to share findings from these projects with a wider audience. Written in a sophisticated, but accessible manner, this book will be of ready interest to cultural and biological anthropologists, development planners, international agencies and NGOs as well as any readers concerned about the problems of integrating development, biodiversity, and traditional lifeways in rapidly changing rural and small town situations.

Political Ecology in a Yucatec Maya Community (Hardcover, illustrated Edition): E.N. Anderson, Zihum de Cen, Aurora Dzib... Political Ecology in a Yucatec Maya Community (Hardcover, illustrated Edition)
E.N. Anderson, Zihum de Cen, Aurora Dzib Medina, Felix Valdez Tzuc, Pastor Chale
R1,431 Discovery Miles 14 310 Out of stock

In Chunhuhub, the Conquest is not a done deal. Unlike many small tropical towns, Chunhuhub in rural Quintana Roo, Mexico, has not been a helpless victim of international forces. Its people are descendants of heroic Mayans who stood off the Spanish invaders. People in Chunhuhub continue to live largely through subsistence farming of maize and vegetables, supplemented by commercial orchard, livestock, and field crop cultivation. They are, however, also self-consciously "modernizing" by seeking better educational and economic opportunities. "Political Ecology in a Yucatec Maya Community" tells the story of Chunhuhub at the beginning of the twenty-first century, focusing on the resource management of plants and animals. E. N. Anderson and his Maya co-authors provide a detailed overview of Maya knowledge of and relationships with the environment, describing how these relationships have been maintained over the centuries and are being transformed by modernization. They show that the Quintana Roo Mayas have been working to find ways to continue ancient and sustainable methods of making a living while also introducing modern techniques that can improve that living. For instance, traditional subsistence agriculture is broadly sustainable at current population densities, but hunting is not, and modern mechanized agriculture has an uncertain future. Bringing the voice of contemporary Mayas to every page, the authors offer an encyclopedic overview of the region: history, environment, agriculture, medicine, social relations, and economy. Whether discussing the fine points of beekeeping or addressing the problem of deforestation, they provide a remarkably detailed account that immerses readers in the landscape. Mayas of the Yucatan Peninsula have had more than their share of successes--and some failures as well--and as a study in political and cultural ecology, "Political Ecology in a Yucatec Maya Community" has much to tell us about tropical development and about the human condition. Their experience tells us that if we wish to have not only farms but also mahogany, wildlife, and ecotourism, then further efforts are needed. As Anderson observes, traditional Maya management, with its immense knowledge base, remains the best--indeed, the only--effective system for making a living from the Yucatan's harsh landscape. "Political Ecology in a Yucatec Maya Community" is a compelling testament to the daily life practices of modern peasant farmers that can provide us with clues about more efficient management techniques for the conservation of biodiversity worldwide.

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