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Uncommon ground : Cultural landscape - Veronica Strang

Uncommon ground

Cultural landscape

Hardcover Published: 1st August 1997
ISBN: 9781859739464
Number Of Pages: 324

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* What makes people care about the environment? * Why and how do different cultural groups value land in different ways? With increasing international concern about green issues, and the apparent failure of mechanistic solutions to complex problems, Uncommon Ground provides a timely understanding of the cultural values that underpin human-environmental relations. Through a comparison of two very different groups, the Aboriginal people and the white cattle farmers in Far North Queensland, Uncommon Ground explores how the human-environmental relationship is culturally constructed. This highly topical study also examines the long-term conflicts over land in Australia, which have brought to the surface each group's environmental values. The author considers how these values are acquired, and the universal and cultural factors that lead to their development. Major emphasis is put on the cultural forms that create and express environmental values for the Aborigines and the white pastoralists, such as: * historical background * land use and economic modes * socio-spatial organization * language, knowledge and methods of socialization * oral and visual representation * cosmological beliefs and systems of law This book is very accessible and should be widely used on anthropology, environmental studies and geography courses.]

Industry Reviews

'I find her timely study very important grounding work in analysing and understanding relationships to land.' Canberra Anthropology 'An absorbing account of the ways in which Aboriginal people and White pastoralists living in the lowlands east of northern Australia's Gulf of Carpentaria symbolically construct their surroundings... A solid, informative, and creative ethnography. The language is clear and accessible, and Strang excels at making detail engrossing rather than burdensome. Because of its subjects and its many good qualities this is a book that should interest a wide audience.' American Anthropologist

List of Figures
Introductionp. 1
Strangers from the Sea: The Invasion of the Peninsulap. 13
Voyages of Discovery: The Colonisation of the Peninsulap. 36
A Present from the Pastp. 59
Living on the Land: Aboriginal Culture, Economics and Land Usep. 83
Living off the Land: Taking Stock of the Cattle Industryp. 108
Social Space and Social Place: Socio-Spatial Organisation on the Landp. 133
Learning Values: Education in the Gulf Countryp. 171
In the Eye of the Beholder: Readings of the Countryp. 199
Mapping the Country: Representations of the Landscapep. 216
Antipodean Worlds: Cosmology, Law and Environmental Valuesp. 237
Conclusionp. 276
Bibliographyp. 292
Indexp. 298
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ISBN: 9781859739464
ISBN-10: 1859739466
Series: Explorations in Anthropology
Audience: BAC
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 324
Published: 1st August 1997
Publisher: BERG PUBL INC
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 2.18
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 1