Climate change is a slowly advancing crisis sweeping over the planet and affecting different habitats in strikingly diverse ways. While nations have signed treaties and implemented policies, most actual climate change assessments, adaptations, and countermeasures take place at the local level. People are responding by adjusting their practices, livelihoods, and cultures, protesting and migrating. This book portrays the diversity of explanations and remedies as expressed at the community level and its emphasis on the crucial importance of ethnographic detail in demonstrating how people in different parts of the world are scaling down the phenomenon of global warming.
Climate change is a slowly advancing crisis sweeping over the planet and affecting different habitats in strikingly diverse ways. While nations have signed treaties and implemented policies, most actual climate change assessments, adaptations, and countermeasures take place at the local level.
List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Introduction: Scaling Down in Order to Cool Down Thomas Hylland Eriksen and Paulo Mendes Part I: Ways of Knowing Chapter 1. Environmental Pluralism: Knowing the Namibian Weather in Times of Climate Change Michael Schnegg Chapter 2. How a Storm Feels: Storying Climate Change in the Eastern Himalayas Alex Aisher Chapter 3. Who is Perturbed by Perturbations? Marine Scientists’ and Polynesian Fishers’ Understandings of a Crown-of-Thorns Starfish Outbreak Matthew Lauer, Terava Atger, Sally J. Holbrook, Andrew Rassweiler, Russell J. Schmitt, and Jean Wencelius Chapter 4. Urban Transformations in the Hydric Landscapes of Belém (PA): Environmental Memories and Urban Flood Pedro Paulo de Miranda Araujo Soares Part II: Situations and Decisions Chapter 5. Climate Change and Mitigation in Bangladesh: Vulnerability in Urban Locations Tasneem Siddiqui, Mohammad Jalal Uddin Sikder and Mohammad Rashed Alam Bhuiyan Chapter 6. Localizing Climate Change: Confronting Over-simplification of Local Responses Brian Orland, Meredith Welch-Devine, and Micah Taylor Chapter 7. 'The Times They Are a-Changin' but 'The Song Remains The Same': Climate Change Narratives from the Coromandel Peninsula, Aotearoa New Zealand Paul Schneider and Bruce Glavovic Chapter 8. Climate Change and East Africa's Past: Three Cautionary Tales A. Peter Castro Chapter 9. “Our Existence is Literally Melting Away”: Narrative and Fighting Climate Change in a Glacier Ski Resort in Austria Herta Nobauer Part III: Politics, Policies, and Contestation Chapter 10. Where Floods Are Allowed: Climate Adaptation as Defiant Acceptance in the Elbe River Valley Kristoffer Albris Chapter 11. Climate Resilience Through Equity and Justice: Holistic Leadership by Tribal Nations and Indigenous Communities in the Southwest United States Julie Maldonado and Beth Rose Middleton Chapter 12. The Return of What Has Not Been Gone: A View of Animal Presence in Future Natures Guilherme José da Silva e Sá Chapter 13. Emitting Inequity: The Socio-Political Life of Anthropogenic Climate Change in Oaxaca, Mexico Roberto E. Barrios and Amanda Leppert Chapter 14. Disaster and Climate Change Susanna M. Hoffman Afterword: Toward Eco-Socialism as a Global and Local Strategy to Cool Down the World-System Hans A. Baer Index
“This is a remarkable read for three reasons. First, the breadth of topics addressed, second, the tacking back and forth from the micro to the macro perspective, and third, the particular attention paid in many of the chapters to concrete actions that could, if taken, help ameliorate the devastating consequences of climate change.” • Steve Kroll-Smith, University of North Carolina
Susanna Hoffman is an internationally recognized expert on disaster. She is the author, co-author, and editor of twelve books, including Disaster Upon Disaster: Exploring the Gap Between Knowledge, Policy and Practice (Berghahn, 2019). She initiated the Risk and Disaster Thematic Interest Group for the Society for Applied Anthropology and is the founder and chair of the Risk and Disaster Commission for the International Union of Anthropology and Ethnographic Sciences.