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The Anthropology of Sustainability

Beyond Development and Progress

  • Marc Brightman
  • Jerome Lewis

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Henrietta L. Moore
    Pages 67-80
  3. James Fairhead, Dominique Millimouno
    Pages 165-181
  4. Frédérique Aït-Touati, Bruno Latour
    Pages 229-236
  5. Manuela Carneiro da Cunha
    Pages 257-272
  6. Mauro W. Barbosa de Almeida
    Pages 273-289
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 309-316

About this book


This book compiles research from leading experts in the social, behavioral, and cultural dimensions of sustainability, as well as local and global understandings of the concept, and on lived practices around the world. It contains studies focusing on ways of living, acting, and thinking which claim to favor the local and global ecological systems of which we are a part, and on which we depend for survival. The concept of sustainability as a product of concern about global environmental degradation, rising social inequalities, and dispossession is presented as a key concept. The contributors explore the opportunities to engage with questions of sustainability and to redefine the concept of sustainability in anthropological terms.


anthropology development social science Sustainability Environment ecology ecological global environmental degradation dispossession ecological systems Tropes of sustainability Nature-Society-Development Nexus The Gaia Complex territorial struggles social inequalities

Editors and affiliations

  • Marc Brightman
    • 1
  • Jerome Lewis
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity College LondonLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Department of AnthropologyUniversity College LondonLondonUnited Kingdom

About the editors

Marc Brightman is Lecturer in Social and Environmental Sustainability and Co-Director of the Center for the Anthropology of Sustainability at University College London, UK.

Jerome Lewis is Reader in Social Anthropology, Co-Director of the Center for the Anthropology of Sustainability, and Co-Director of the Extreme Citizen Science Research Group at University College London, UK.   

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