Chapter 7 Green politics and anthropology

Global Ecological Politics

ISBN: 978-1-84950-748-6, eISBN: 978-1-84950-749-3

ISSN: 2041-806X

Publication date: 23 February 2010


In recent years there has been much discussion about the relevance of the discipline of anthropology to the various emergent discourses on the environment. Among those researching in the area, reason for concern has been confirmed by a failure to make themselves heard as experts over the growing din of the other branches of social research passionately pleading the case for the relevance of their respective disciplines. This is evidenced to some degree by the lack of anthropological literature in the field of environmentalism and comes into stark relief when compared with the extensive treatment of the area given by the political sciences. This chapter seeks to focus on reactions by anthropologists to this dearth of environmentally concerned research within the discipline over the past decade. The debate over the issues raised by this discussion has evolved principally between a small number of dedicated anthropologists, and although it is now spilling out into the wider anthropological community, it is from these scholars work that a path forward has been constructed.


O’Kane, M. (2010), "Chapter 7 Green politics and anthropology", Leonard, L. and Barry, J. (Ed.) Global Ecological Politics (Advances in Ecopolitics, Vol. 5), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 129-149.

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