Resilience in Socio-Ecological Systems

MW 1:30-3:20, Denny 401

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Ecology and Society

Class Schedule: Week 6, Small-scale societies and Anthropological Perspectives

Anthropologists have tended to view small-scale societies and their relationships with the environment as sustainable, for two kinds of reasons: empirical, based on their long-term occupancy of particular regions and habitats; and theoretical, based on their systems of social exchange and social prestige. We will examine some of these claims through general articles and case studies

Monday, May 6: Anthropological arguments about conservation, sustainability, and resilience in small-scale societies, and about the role of traditional ecological knowledge. When you have read the articles below, by 10:)) a.m. please post two questions for class discussion about the specific disciplinary approach of anthropologists to questions of resilience and sustainability in small-scale societies. Wednesday, May 8: Anthropological case-studies of long-term adaptation of small-scale societies in the Pacific Northwest. We will divide the class into two groups, each to read two of the following articles. When you have read your group's two articles, please post 200-300 words on your ideas about whether there are lessons from traditional Northwest Coast societies that might be valuable today for promoting resilience in the Northwest Coast.

Group 1: Institutions and Learning Group 2: Traditional knowledge