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Department of Social Anthropology

townification, water reservoir in Hoboksar Mongolia. Credit: Michael Long

SAN8 Environment, development and indigeneity

This paper explores the entanglements between development, the environment and indigeneity. It explores how development in multiple guises physically, politically and imaginatively (re)shapes environments, what its more-than-human effects are, and how different parties experience and respond to such transformations.

Key themes include: the political-economic and discursive context for development; inequality; the politics of land and dispossession; property relations; ‘resourcification’; ‘the Anthropocene’; biodiversity loss; climate change; environmentalism and conservation; more-than-human/multispecies worlds; indigenous rights; resistance and collaboration; justice; energy ethics and politics; climate change mitigation.  

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Paper Resources

SAN8 Paper Guide 2024-25

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