This volume provides an overview of key themes in Indigenous Environmental Knowledge (IEK) and anchors them with brief but well-grounded empirical case studies of relevance for each of these themes, drawn from bioculturally diverse areas around the world. It provides an incisive, cutting-edge overview of the conceptual and philosophical issues, while providing constructive examples of how IEK studies have been implemented to beneficial effect in ecological restoration, stewardship, and governance schemes. Collectively, the chapters in this volume cover Indigenous knowledge not only in wide range of cultures and livelihood contexts, but also in a wide range of environments, including drylands, savannah grassland, tropical forests, mountain landscapes, temperate and boreal forests, Pacific and Indian Ocean islands, and coastal environments. The chapters discuss the complexities and nuances of Indigenous cosmologies and ethno-metaphysics and the treatment and incorporation of IEK in local, national and international environmental policies. Taken together the chapters in this volume make a strong case for the potential of Indigenous knowledge in addressing today's local and global environmental challenges, especially when approached from a perspective of appreciative inquiry, utilizing cross-cultural methods and ethical, collaborative approaches which limit bias and inappropriate extraction of IEK. The book is a guide for graduate and advanced undergraduate teaching, and a key reference for academics in development studies, environmental studies, geography, anthropology and beyond with an interest in indigenous environmental knowledge.
|Publication date:||30th October 2020|
|Author:||Thomas F. (Oxford University, UK) Thornton|
|Publisher:||Routledge an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd|
|Categories:||Environmental science, engineering & technology, Anthropology, Development studies, Human geography, Regional geography, Reference works,|
Thomas F. Thornton is Dean of Arts and Sciences and Vice-Provost for Research and Sponsored Programs at University of Alaska Southeast, US and Associate Professor (part-time) at the Environmental Change Institute, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, UK. Shonil A. Bhagwat is currently Head of Department of Geography and Director of Open Space Research Centre at the Open University, UK. His research centres on the links between environment and development.More About Thomas F. (Oxford University, UK) Thornton